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The Living Standards Measurement Study (LSMS) is a household survey program focused on generating high-quality data, improving survey methods, and building capacity. The goal of the LSMS is to facilitate the use of household survey data for evidence-based policymaking.

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Mapping the world population one building at a time

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High resolution datasets of population density which accurately map sparsely distributed human populations do not exist at a global scale. We present a computer vision method based on machine learning to create population maps from satellite imagery at a global scale.
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If you pay your survey respondents, you just might get a different answer

Malawi IHS4 Enumerator administering household questionnaire using World Bank Survey Solutions - Photo credit: Heather Moylan, World Bank

Should respondents to a survey be compensated? Surveys take a lot of time from the respondents. It may also be a way to help grow the trust between enumerators and respondents
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Read the latest newsletter (November 2017) to learn about what's new with the LSMS team!

Every Data Point has a Human Story

Good data leads to good policy, which means better lives for people around the world. Even Big Data Starts Small.




Integrated Surveys on Agriculture

The LSMS team is working to design and implement household surveys with a strong focus on agriculture in eight countries across sub-Saharan Africa.

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Gender & Asset Ownership

Based on a recent methodological experiment in Uganda, this new LSMS technical report presents recommendations on how to collect intra-household data on asset ownership and rights.

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LSMS eLearning Course

Want to learn about how to design and implement a high-quality household survey? Take the new six-session LSMS eLearning course to learn how a high-quality household survey is produced.

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Free CAPI Software Available

Survey Solutions, a computer-assisted personal interviewing software developed by the World Bank, allows researchers to conduct complex surveys with dynamic structures using tablets.

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Last updated: 2017-12-20

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