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.


Measuring Violent Conflict in Household Surveys - SSA

The Fragility, Conflict, and Violence Cross Cutting Solutions Area (FCV CCSA) and the Development Data Group Survey Unit (DECSU) held the third of three planned workshops on “Measuring Violent Conflict in Household Surveys” in Perugia, Italy on 26-30 November 2018. These workshops are funded by the... Read more

Measuring Violent Conflict in Micro-Level Surveys - MENA

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... Read more

Measuring Violent Conflict in Micro-Level Surveys

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

Improving Food Consumption Measurement in Household Surveys

The seminar - convened in New York by the Food and Agriculture Association of the United Nations (FAO) and the World Bank, under the aegis of the Inter-Agency and Expert Group on Food Security, Agricultural and Rural Statistics during the 48th Session of the UN Statistical Commission - provided... Read more

Measuring Violent Conflict in Micro-Level Surveys

The World Bank, in cooperation with the International Security and Development Center and the Households in Conflict Network organized an international training course on how to measure violent conflict in micro-level surveys. The course strengthened the capacity of the participants from national... Read more

Collection, Processing and Dissemination of Household Survey Data

The World Bank LSMS-ISA team held the fourth annual workshop for government officials from the national statistics offices of the seven LSMS-ISA partner countries in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The first day of the workshop consisted of presentations and discussion on key aspects of data management,... Read more

Economic Analysis Using Stata/Introduction to CSPro

In this second workshop with the second cohort of participants, the World Bank-CMAAE team focused on intermediate economic analysis using Stata, as well as an introduction to the data management and processing software CSPro. Participants built on their knowledge of Stata from the previous workshop... Read more

Multi-Topic Household Surveys/Economic Analysis Using Stata

With this workshop, the World Bank-CMAAE team welcomed a new cohort of participants to the second workshop series conducted jointly by the LSMS-ISA and CMAAE programs. The workshop focused on a general introduction to multi-topic household surveys, as well as an introduction to economic analysis... Read more

Economic Analysis Using Stata II

This joint World Bank-CMAAE three-day workshop built upon the first Stata training to introduce participants to using panel data in Stata. Participants reviewed and reinforced skills in data manipulation and analysis and learned techniques for 'real world' data analysis (such as dealing with... Read more

Survey Sampling for Project Managers

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

Sampling for Surveys

The objective of this course is to provide staff with a clear understanding of the key issues involved in selecting samples of households, enterprises, facilities or individuals to be included in various surveys. It covers the basics of sampling, both in theory and in practical terms. The module is... Read more

Household Surveys in the Post-2015 Development Agenda

This course is provided to train staff in how to collect data using a multi-topic integrated household survey. This course provides information on all relevant issues and procedures involved in the collection of high-quality household survey data. The course includes sessions on (a) key issues to... Read more
C4D2 Training

Measuring Income and Wealth Through Household Surveys

The Center for Development Data (C4D2) conducted its third training on Measuring Income and Wealth Through Household Surveys for Welfare Monitoring , from December 10 to 14, 2018. Participants included staff from the Eastern Africa Statistical Training Center, the École Nationale Supérieure de... Read more
C4D2 Training

Survey Solutions and Geo-Referencing

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
C4D2 Training

Designing Household Surveys to Measure Poverty

The Center for Development Data (C4D2) conducted its first training on Designing Household Surveys to Measure Poverty , from November 27 to December 1, 2017. Participants included lecturers from regional statistics training institutions from Africa, namely the Eastern African Statistical Training... 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.