LSMS eLearning Course. The LSMS team teaches annual workshops to train practitioners in the design and implementation of household surveys. For those unable to attend in person, the team has released a six-session eLearning course available for download.
World Bank/Luxembourg Income Study Joint Workshop on Data Harmonization Issues. This joint workshop focused on the issues of data harmonization and analytical issues on the treatment of top and bottom incomes, use of consumption vs. income aggregates, and imputation of housing costs, inter alia. The attention paid to these problems has recently increased due to growing concerns with inequality, the perception that top incomes are inadequately captured by surveys, and the greater availability of household surveys worldwide.
Multi-topic Household Surveys. This course is one module of the multi-module course, Poverty and Inequality Analysis, which is offered annually by the Research Group of the World Bank. This course is open to World Bank staff and to the staff of other development agencies. The course lasts 2 to 2.5 days and is held at World Bank headquarters in Washington DC. The course covers the major aspects of the survey cycle - deciding whether an LSMS-type survey is needed; questionnaires; sampling; field work; data entry, management and documentation; the production of an abstract and data dissemination; ways of fostering data analysis. The course is usually held in March.
Sampling for Surveys. This course is one module of the multi-module course, Poverty and Inequality Analysis, which is offered annually by the Research Group of the World Bank. This course is open to World Bank staff and to the staff of other development agencies. The course lasts 2 and is held at World Bank headquarters in Washington DC. The course covers issues related to survey sample design. The course is usually held in March.
An integral part of the LSMS-Integrated Surveys on Agriculture program is the Workshops that are held for participants to promote exchanges of information among the country participants, and to disseminate information to donors and other interested parties.
Labor Market Information Systems and Data Analysis. As part of the World Bank's annual Labor Market Policy Core Course in World Bank Headquarters in Washington, DC, the LSMS Team has a session on data availability and analysis related to labor markets. The most recent course was focused on "Jobs for a Globalizing World" and the LSMS Session was presented on April 7, 2009.
Designing and Implementing Household Surveys. This course provides a broad overview of the uses of surveys, how they are designed and implemented and new innovations in surveys. It highlights areas relevant for impact evaluation. It was presented on March 31, 2009 in Cairo, Egypt as part of the Pre-conference Workshop for the conference Perspectives on Impact Evaluation: Approaches to Assessing Development Effectiveness.
Conference on Survey Design and Measurement in Development Economics. This two day conference included seven sessions, each touching on a unique aspect of measurement. Scholars discussed topics including the reliability of recall and self-reported data, as well as methods for improvement such as the use of diaries and Personalized Digital Assistants (PDAs). Potential improvements in data quality, the speed of data delivery, and cost-effectiveness through alternative methods of survey were explored; the use of electronic questionnaires was examined and compared to traditional paper surveys. Sampling methods to reduce attrition in panel data and more effective follow-up strategies were evaluated, as well.