The Living Standards Measurement Study – Plus (LSMS+) is a project established with grants from the Umbrella Facility for Gender Equality Trust Fund and the World Bank Trust Fund for Statistical Capacity Building, and is implemented by the World Bank LSMS Team, in collaboration with the World Bank Gender Group and partner national statistical offices.
The LSMS+ project aims to improve the availability and quality of individual-level data collected in household surveys, and is, at start, a direct response to the World Bank IDA18 commitment to support 6 IDA countries in collecting intra-household, sex-disaggregated household survey data on 1) ownership of and rights to selected physical and financial assets, 2) work and employment, and 3) entrepreneurship – following international best practices in questionnaire design and minimizing the use of proxy respondents while collecting personal information.
The work builds on the World Bank partnerships with (1) United Nations Evidence and Data for Gender Equality (EDGE) Project on methodological experimentation and international guidelines on measuring asset ownership and control from a gender perspective, and (2) the International Labour Organization and the Data2X project on methodological experimentation related to operationalization of the new definitions of work and employment, with a focus on subsistence agriculture.
The first three surveys supported under the LSMS+ include: Malawi Integrated Household Panel Survey, Tanzania National Panel Survey – Extended Panel, and Ethiopia Socioeconomic Survey. LSMS+ aims to provide financial and technical assistance to three additional surveys in 2019/20.