The Dignity Project creates open access, ready-translated tools to help people measure: is their program respectful?

This page will contain the measurement tools we develop, as we build them.

This is an ongoing campaign. These measures are all under development, and we plan to keep updating them. Please check back for the latest version, and please get in touch if you have suggestions or spot errors. 


These tools are open access. We hope you’ll use them. You do not need permission to do so.

If you use them, you must give full credit to Tom Wein and The Dignity Project, linking to this website, in any publications that result.

We would also be grateful if you would get in touch, notifying us of your use of them.

Three measures

We plan to develop three different measures. Each has a different purpose. So far we have only built the Proximate Process Reactions questionnaire.


Proximate process respectfulness scale (PPR)

For those people who receive aid, how do they evaluate the aid distribution process?

Most useful for M&E.


Dignity self-evaluation questionnaire (DSE)(Forthcoming)

What are people’s overall levels of dignity, and how does this compare between those who do and do not receive aid?

Most useful for RCTs and surveys not linked to a specific program.

Dignity Incentivised responses method


How can levels of dignity be measured more truthfully, given the strong pressures to be nice to aid-givers? Questionnaires are a good start, but we need to develop an incentive-compatible game to draw out the same ideas.

Most useful for very rigorous academic research, especially lab or lab in the field.

Don’t forget, this scale is based on a particular definition of dignity and respectfulness. You can read more about the theory and definitions that underpin all of this here

If you want to ask these questions, there is a pre-programmed module in ODK Build or XML available in the resources section below, and if you want to analyse the results from these questions, there is sample Stata code available below also.

Resources for the English questionnaire

Translated versions of the questionnaire