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Malawi Data Now Available

The Malawi National Statistical Office (NSO), in collaboration with the World Bank’s Living Standards Measurement Study (LSMS), disseminated the findings from the Fourth Integrated Household Survey 2016/17 (IHS4), and the Integrated Household Panel Survey 2016 (IHPS), on November 22, 2017 in... Read More

The Dirty Truth: Measuring Soil Health

The importance of soil health in agrarian societies is indisputable – soil health has a direct relationship with agricultural productivity and sustainability. Yet, its highly complex nature renders it much more challenging to measure than other agricultural inputs, such as fertilizers or pesticides... Read More

What Do We Measure When We Measure Food Consumption?

A key theme of this blog is measurement. As Jed argued in an early post on the subject, “one of the most fundamental welfare constructs in economics” is consumption and “accurate consumption measurement has been a long standing challenge for applied work”. A recently published special issue of Food... Read More

Using Non-Standard Units in Data Collection: LSMS Guidebook

Food consumption and agricultural production are two critical components for monitoring poverty and household well-being in low- and middle-income countries. Accurate measurement of both provides a better contextual understanding and contributes to more effective policy design.Read More

Global Strategy to Improve Agricultural and Rural Statistics

During June 12-16th, Ankouvi Nayo and Michael Rahija, of the Global Strategy to Improve Agricultural and Rural Statistics led a 5 day workshop on Survey Solutions at the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS). A group of 15 KNBS staff specialized in agricultural statistics and data processing... Read More

Version 5.20

Web interviews in sample mode In Survey Solutions v5.20 we have expanded the web interviewing capabilities to cover the sample mode in addition to the census mode. The process consists of two steps: Interviews creation; Links pickup. The first step is usual assignments creation in the batch mode or... Read More

The Crowd & The Cloud

A four part documentary that examines the rapidly growing field of “citizen data science.” The case studies featured in the documentary show how regular citizens, as opposed to career researchers, are now able to gather and share valuable data on environment, public health, climate change and... Read More

Every Data Point Has a Human Story

Good data leads to good policy, which means better lives for people around the world. But where does data come from? And what’s really going on behind the scenes to arrive at these all-important numbers? A new PBS documentary called The Crowd and the Cloud brings data to life by showing us the real... Read More