To achieve its goal of working for social and economic change the VPSJ uses four main approaches:
Active Citizenship/Voter Education
The facilitation of the Active Citizenship/Voter Education Programme which encourages people who have lost confidence in the democratic electoral system to recognise their vote as a voice for social and economic change
Development of Minimum Essential Budget Standards
Engagement in research on the expenditure and income needed for a minimum essential standard of living of all; which produces facts and figures on the standard of living which members of the public have agreed is the minimum below which no one should be expected to live.
Networking with individuals and groups which share the values and goals of the VPSJ.
By providing data which reflects current social and economic reality and which is used by different organisations – Government, Statutory Agencies and NGOs in their work.