Capacity Building

Courses & Workshops

The LSMS team offers various courses and workshops to train researchers and practitioners in key aspects of household survey design, implementation and analysis.


Economic Analysis Using Stata I

In addition to developing and implementing a rigorous curriculum for Masters students, an important component of the CMAAE project is to build skills and research capacity among faculty. Towards this end, a joint World Bank-CMAAE three-day workshop was held on conducting economic analysis using... Read more

Challenges in Collecting Household-Level Livestock Data in Africa

Teams from the World Bank LSMS-ISA project and the Livestock Data Innovation in Africa (LDIA) project organized a joint workshop to discuss existing challenges in collecting household-level livestock data and methods of improving the current situation of livestock statistics in Africa. Technical... Read more

CSPro Master Class

The CSPro programming language allows for writing programming logic for its Data Entry and Batch Edit applications. In Data Entry applications, it is possible to write logic to control and check the keying operation as it progresses. In Batch Edit applications, logic can be used to identify and... Read more

Workshop in Poverty Analysis: Concepts and Applications of ADePT Software

Inviting the same participants as the February 2010 workshop in Nairobi, the World Bank-CMAAE team organized an advanced three-day exercise to examine an application of the concepts covered in the previous workshop. The focus was on the use of ADePT automated software for poverty analysis, and... Read more

Panel Surveys in Sub-Saharan Africa: Selected Issues and Challenges

The World Bank LSMS-ISA team organized a workshop to discuss some of the key issues and challenges in panel survey design and implementation. The workshop brought together the technical staff responsible for the surveys in each LSMS-ISA country and key technical experts with strong backgrounds in... Read more

The LSMS team teaches annual workshops to train practitioners in the design and implementation of household surveys. For those unable to attend in person, a six-session eLearning course is now available for online self-guided training. Click here to start the course from the beginning, or click on the following session titles to take a specific session:

What is a Household Survey Clinic?

The World Bank supports a wide range of household surveys that provide key inputs to the design and evaluation of social and economic policy, monitoring PRSPs and other indicators including the MDGs.   To promote the quality of household surveys and the resulting data sets, and to take advantage of the experience which exists in the LSMS team in the area of household surveys, the Household Survey Clinic (HSC) has been developed to provide timely, on-demand, customized assistance to TTLs and other individuals and teams involved in household surveys. 

The Clinic is an opportunity for those involved in planning and implementing a household survey to obtain timely inputs to the process of designing, testing and fielding the survey.  The 2-hour long Clinic will:

  • Provide an overall review of the steps in the planned household survey: from objectives through design, implementation, documentation and analytic uses;
  • Supply detailed feedback on specific areas concern;
  • Act as a forum for brainstorming on difficult issues related to the survey;
  • Identify areas for which the TTL needs assistance or follow-up on technical issues.
Who can request a Household Survey Clinic?
  • Any TTL or staff member planning or developing a household survey regardless of region or focus.

When can a Household Survey Clinic be requested?

There are various points in time when a HSC can be requested.  The sooner in the process the better in terms of being able to provide useful feedback to the survey design team. 

  • When the survey planning process starts.  At this time, the HSC can provide assistance in such procedures as setting up the process, how to design questionnaires, and what should be included in the sample designs, etc. 
  • When the basic materials for the survey - sample design, household questionnaire - are in the early draft stages, the HSC can provide feedback to make sure that they have incorporated as many best practices as possible.

How to request a Household Survey Clinic

To request a Clinic, send an email to  You will be asked to complete a clinic preparation form  that outlines the key goals and objectives of the household survey and its present status, including instruments developed and sampling plans, if these already exist in some form.  This clinic preparation form must be completed and submitted to the HSC team a minimum of 3 days prior to the Clinic to (i) ensure time for review, (ii) provide an opportunity for the HSC team to consult with you on the major areas on which to focus during the Clinic and, (iii) allow the HSC team time to consult additional experts as needed given the focus and content of the planned survey. You will also provide a list of project people who should participate in the Clinic and other potential participants relevant for the general discussion during the Clinic.

The time and location of the Clinic will be arranged jointly by the requesting TTL and the HSC Team. It is expected that no more than one Clinic will be possible in any given month due to time constraints.  The exact timing of any given Clinic will be subject to the availability of HSC team members and the project members.

With your approval, the Clinic will be open to others in the Bank who are thinking about carrying out a household survey or already involved in designing such a survey.  You are more than welcome to attend other Clinics in the future if a specific topic of relevance is being covered.

Follow-up to a Household Survey Clinic

Following the Clinic, the HSC team will provide the participants with a summary note of the Clinic, detailing the discussion and any recommendations for next steps.  As needed, the HSC team will also identify consultants to provide more in-depth technical assistance to you in the specific areas identified by the Clinic.  If more extended cross-support is requested, you and HSC team can identify the most appropriate staff members to follow-up and devise a detailed timeline and work plan.

To ensure that the Clinics are as effective as possible, you and other project members will be requested to fill out a short evaluation form for the Clinic.  This evaluation can be done anonymously.


Within the World Bank, the cost for the preparation work and the Clinic is 3 staff days per Clinic.