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Designing Surveys

This site is primarily designed for people who would like to obtain information on the materials produced by DECRG to assist in the implementation of surveys. The following links describe the core of our efforts to this end.

  1. A Manual for Planning and Implementing the Living Standards Measurement Study Surveys. - this manual provides practical information on how to implement an LSMS-style survey from the planning stages through implementation in the field.


  2. Household Survey Clinics- are designed to assist in the design and implementation of household surveys in low income countries. The Clinics provide broad feedback on all phases of the household survey plans and identify areas for which the TTL needs assistance or follow-up on technical issues identified during the Clinic.


  3. Designing Household Survey Questionnaires for Developing Countries - this book covers key topics in the design of household surveys with many suggestions for customizing surveys to local circumstances and improving data quality.

  4. Surveying Justice: A Practical Guide to Household Surveys - this guide aims to be a practical starting point for justice practitioners interested in survey design, as well as survey researchers interested in incorporating justice questions into their work. It provides guidance on designing a survey, suggested topics and questions, and ideas to facilitate a constructive engagement in discussions around justice in development practice.


  5. Energy Policies and Multitopic Household Surveys: Guidelines for Questionnaire Design in Living Standards Measurement Studies - this paper provides information on how questions can be added to multi-topic household surveys to yield more useful information for energy policy analysis.

  6. Design and Implementation of Fishery Modules in Integrated Household Surveys in Developing Countries - this sourcebook provides essential technical guidance on the design of statistical modules and questionnaires aimed at collecting fishery data at the household level.

Standard Fishery Questionnaire
Expanded Fishery Questionnaire 


  1. Agricultural Household Adaptation to Climate Change: Land Management & Investment - this guidande note on adaptation focuses on improving household survey instruments for understanding agricultural household adaptation responses to climate change with regards to land management and investment options.

    Sample modules for convenient questionnaire integration.

  2. Agricultural Household Adaptation to Climate Change: Water Stress & Variability - this guidance note on adaptation focuses on improving household survey instruments for understanding agricultural household adaptation responses to weather variabiliyt, as well as for measuring local water resources, including rainfall, surface water, and groundwater.

  3. Tracking in Longitudinal Household Surveys - drawing from experineces from previous and ongoing surveys, this paper presents recommendations on methodology for successfully implementing tracking in panel household surveys.
  4. Measuring Conflict in Micro-Level Surveys - this sourcebook develops a generic household survey module that can be readily adapted for future socioeconomic surveys implemented in conflict-affected areas.
  5. Are You Being Served? - this book provides tools for collecting data on service delivery.

  6. Improving the Measurement and Policy Relevance of Migration Information in Multi-topic Household Surveys - this paper discusses how LSMS survey can be adapted in order to study a range of issues surrounding migration.

    Sample migration module 

  7. Questionnaires - developers of new surveys may find it useful to refer to sample questionnaires as well as to guidelines on how to develop questionnaires.

  8. Interviewer Manuals, Abstracts, Survey Documentation, etc. - in addition to the questionnaires, we can provide samples of the other types of documents necessary for implementing a successful survey.

  9. Other Tools - other materials on topics such as survey design, construction of aggregates, use of anthropometric data, assessment of income, etc.

  10. Sampling with Probability Proportional to Size - A Stata do program to select a sample using the Probability Proportional to Size (PPS) procedure.

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