Phase I of the study was a five year comprehensive review of existing household surveys, and extensive consultations with researchers and policymakers to determine the types of data needed. In addition, consultations with survey methodologists were held on how best to design the actual field work procedures. At the end of this review, the first LSMS surveys were piloted in Côte d’Ivoire and Peru in 1985. These two first surveys were research projects testing the full LSMS methodology to determine, from the resulting data, the usefulness and quality of the data obtained. The success of these first two surveys has been responsible for the over 70 LSMS surveys that have been carried out in more than 40 countries over 20 years.
1985 Côte d'Ivoire Enquête Permanente Auprès des Ménages
1985 Perú Encuesta Nacional de Hogares sobre Medición de Niveles de Vida