The use of data for development has been a topic of much interest lately and was a key theme at different sessions surrounding the 73rd United Nations General Assembly , held in New York from September 18 to October 5, 2018. Two notable side events included the launch of the Data to End Hunger initiative and a high-level panel on Data to Improve People’s Lives—and the LSMS played a prominent role in both.Read More
Living Standards Measurement Study (LSMS)
Generating high-quality data, improving survey methods, and building capacity
LSMS team members Amparo Palacios-Lopez and Akuffo Amankwah spent the last two weeks in Sri Lanka, working closely with the World Bank Gender group, the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the Department of Census and Statistics (DCS), Sri Lanka .Read More
The Fragility, Conflict, and Violence Cross Cutting Solutions Area (FCV CCSA) and the Development Data Group Survey Unit (DECSU) held the second of three planned workshops on “Measuring Violent Conflict in Household Surveys” in Perugia, Italy on 10-14 September 2018.These workshops are funded by the Trust Fund for Statistical Capacity Building.Read More
As extreme weather events intensify due to climate change, it becomes ever more critical to understand how vulnerable households are to these events and the mechanisms households can rely on to...
WB Working Paper
Off-farm income constitutes a significant share of the household livelihood portfolios across Sub-Saharan Africa. Yet, the determinants and dynamics of individuals' participation in off-farm...
WB Working Paper
Eyes in the Sky, Boots on the Ground: Assessing Satellite- and Ground-Based Approaches to Crop Yield Measurement and Analysis in Uganda
Crop yields in smallholder systems are traditionally assessed using farmer-reported information in surveys, occasionally by crop cuts for a sub-section of a farmer's plot, and rarely using full-plot...
Can Incentives Improve Survey Data Quality in Developing Countries? Results From a Field Experiment in India
We report results of an experiment designed to assess whether the payment of contingent incentives to respondents in Karnataka, India, impacts the quality of survey data. Of 2276 households sampled...
This Guidebook is intended to be a reference for survey practitioners looking for guidance on integrating soil health testing in household and farm surveys. The role of soil in agrarian societies is...
The World Bank's National Social Safety Net Coordinating Office (NASSCO), in conjunction with the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), convenved a workshop on the 2018/2019 Nigeria Living Standards Survey (NLSS), on September 20 in Keffi, Nigeria. The workshop was attended by national and international stakeholders.Read More
Enumerator training for the National Household Forest Survey in Liberia has commenced! LSMS's Sydney Gourlay and Josefine Durazo are supporting the World Bank Country Office in Monrovia, the Liberia Institute of Statistics and Geo-Information Services (LISGIS) and the Forestry Development Authority... Read More
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
The objective of this module is to provide staff with a clear understanding of basics of sampling methodology for household surveys. The module will cover the basics sampling theory and key components of sample designs and their application. Upon completing the course, the participants should be... Read more
The Center for Development Data (C4D2) conducted its second training on Survey Solutions and Geo-Referencing , from May 28 to June 1, 2018. Participants included staff from the Eastern Africa Statistical Training Center (Dar es Salaam), the École Nationale Supérieure De Statistique Et D'économie... Read more
The Development Data Group Survey Unit (DECSU) and the Fragile, Conflict and Violence CCSA are jointly sponsoring a series of workshops on how to collect and analyze information on conflict and violence using household surveys for staff members of national statistical organizations (NSOs). The... Read more