To ensure that the methodological guidelines on measuring asset ownership from a gender perspective are robust and sustainable, the EDGE project worked in partnership with the national statistical agencies of seven countries (Georgia, Maldives, Mexico, Mongolia, the Philippines, Uganda and South Africa) to pilot the methodologies.

The pilot studies provided an opportunity to test and refine key aspects of the methodologies, including conceptual and measurement issues related to questionnaire design, respondent selection interview protocols and indicator constructs.

In 2014 in Uganda, EDGE collaborated with the World Bank Living Standards Measurement Study team to conduct an experimental methodological survey assessing the relative effects of interviewing different household members about individual-level asset ownership and control, the findings of which informed the EDGE pilot studies implemented over the next two years. In 2015, with funding from the National Institute of Statistics and Geography, Mexico appended a module on the ownership of a core set of assets to its national household survey. In the same year, Georgia, Mongolia and the Philippines implemented stand-alone surveys on the full range of financial and physical assets, with funding and technical support from the Asian Development Bank. In 2016, with funding and technical support from EDGE, Maldives appended a module on the core set of assets to its household, income and expenditure survey, while South Africa piloted a stand-alone survey on the full set of assets.