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What is a Household Survey?

What is a Household Survey Clinic?

Who can request a Household Survey Clinic?

When can a Household Survey Clinic be requested?

How to Request a Household Survey Clinic?

Follow up to a Household Survey Clinic

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 What is a Household Survey?

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A household survey is any survey that is administered at the household level.  It collects information about the household and the individuals living in those households.  It includes Living Standards Measurement Study surveys, Integrated Surveys, Priority Surveys, Core Welfare Indicator Questionnaire (CWIQ) surveys, Household Budget Surveys, Labor Force Surveys, Demographic and Health Surveys, education surveys, etc.

What is a Household Survey Clinic?

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The World Bank supports a wide range of household surveys that provide key inputs to the design and evaluation of social and economic policy, monitoring PRSPs and other indicators including the MDGs and the SDGs.   To promote the quality of household surveys and the resulting data sets, and to take advantage of the experience which exists in the World Bank in the area of household surveys, the Household Survey Clinic (HSC) has been developed to provide timely, on-demand, customized assistance to TTLs and other individuals and teams involved in household surveys. 

The HSC is an initiative of the Living Standards Measurement Study team (LSMS) in the Development Economics Research Group (DECRG) to assist in the design and implementation of household surveys supported by the World Bank.

The Clinic is an opportunity for those involved in planning and implementing a household survey to obtain timely inputs to the process of designing, testing and fielding the survey.  The 2-hour long Clinic will:

  • Provide an overall review of the steps in the planned household survey: from objectives through design, implementation, documentation and analytic uses;
  • Supply detailed feedback on specific areas concern;
  • Act as a forum for brainstorming on difficult issues related to the survey;
  • Identify areas for which the TTL needs assistance or follow-up on technical issues.
Who can request a Household Survey Clinic?

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Any TTL or staff member planning or developing a household survey regardless of region or focus.

Household Survey Clinics are not available outside of the World Bank.  If you are working on a World Bank project and would like to arrange for an HSC, have the TTL of the project contact us.

When can a Household Survey Clinic be requested?

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There are various points in time when a HSC can be requested.  The sooner in the process the better in terms of being able to provide useful feedback to the survey design team. 

  • When the survey planning process starts.  At this time, the HSC can provide assistance in such procedures as setting up the process, how to design questionnaires, and what should be included in the sample designs, etc. 
  • When the basic materials for the survey - sample design, household questionnaire - are in the early draft stages, the HSC can provide feedback to make sure that they have incorporated as many best practices as possible.
How to request a Household Survey Clinic

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To request the Clinic, you should send an email to LSMS@worldbank.org.  You will be asked to complete a clinic preparation form  that outlines the key goals and objectives of the household survey and its present status, including instruments developed, sampling plans and the like if these already exist in some form.  This documentation must be completed and submitted to the HSC team a minimum of 3 days prior to the Clinic to (i) ensure time for review, (ii) provide an opportunity for the HSC team to consult with you on the major areas on which to focus during the HS clinic and, (iii) allow the HSC team time to consult additional experts as needed given the focus and content of the planned survey. You will also provide a list of project people who should participate in the Clinic and others relevant for the general discussion during the Clinic.

The time and location of the Clinic will be arranged jointly by the requesting staff member and the HSC Team. It is expected that no more than one Clinic will be possible in any given month due to time constraints.  The exact timing of any given Clinic will be subject to the availability of HSC team members and the project members.

Follow-up to a Household Survey Clinic

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Following the Clinic, the HSC team will provide the participants with a summary note of the Clinic, detailing the discussion and any recommendations for next steps.  As needed, the HSC team will also identify consultants to provide more in-depth technical assistance to you in the specific areas identified by the Clinic.   If more extended cross-support is requested, you and HSC team can identify the most appropriate staff members to follow-up and devise a detailed timeline and work plan.

To ensure that the Clinics are as effective as possible, you and other project members will be requested to fill out a short evaluation form for the Clinic.  This evaluation can be done anonymously.

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Within the World Bank, the cost for the preparation work and the Clinic is 3 staff days per Clinic.




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