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LSMS: Answering Survey

Living Standards Measurement Study

The Living Standards Measurement Study (LSMS) is a household survey program housed within the Survey Unit of the World Bank's Development Data Group that provides technical assistance to national statistical offices (NSOs) in the design and implementation of multi-topic household surveys. Since its inception in the early 1980s, the LSMS program has worked with dozens of statistics offices around the world: generating high-quality data, incorporating innovative technologies and improved survey methodologies, and building technical capacity. The LSMS team also provides technical support across the World Bank in the design and implementation of household surveys and in the measurement and monitoring of poverty.

LSMS Team Contacts

LSMS-ISA Team: Gero Carletto

Gero Carletto

Lead Economist /
LSMS Manager

gcarletto@worldbank.org

LSMS-ISA Team: Talip Kilic

Talip Kilic

Senior Economist /
Survey Methods Lead

tkilic@worldbank.org

LSMS-ISA Team: Gbemisola Oseni

Gbemisola Oseni

Senior Economist /
Technical Advisory Services Lead

goseni@worldbank.org

LSMS-ISA Team: Alberto Zezza

Alberto Zezza

Senior Economist /
Agriculture Lead

azezza@worldbank.org

Governance

Steering Committee

The LSMS-ISA Steering Committee meets annually to review ongoing activities and discuss future plans. The committee provides guidance to the LSMS team on broad strategic issues and performs an important advocacy role for the project. The following institutions are represented in the SC:

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Technical Advisory Board

The LSMS-ISA Technical Advisory Board advises the LSMS team on key technical decisions of the LSMS-ISA project, including issues involving country selection, survey and sample design, and data management and dissemination. The board also provides technical reviews of methodological studies and research conducted under the LSMS-ISA project.

Technical Working Groups

The LSMS-ISA Technical Working Groups contribute to the survey design and promote analytical work in each LSMS-ISA country. For each country, the Technical Working Group is composed of a LSMS team member, the LSMS-ISA country Resident Adviser, one or more researchers from the World Bank's Development Research Group, a staff member from the implementing agency in the country, representatives of relevant line ministries, members of the local research and academic communities, representatives of any sub-grantee institutions, and other key stakeholders.

Institutional Partnerships

The LSMS-ISA team is proud to collaborate with the following institutions on a number of innovative agricultural development projects, including:


Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

  • Guidelines and other conceptual work on the collection and analysis of improved farm and non-farm income data
  • Design and validation of income data collection in a subset of LSMS-ISA countries
  • Dissemination of standardized, comparable income data
  • Analysis of the evolution of smallholder farming in the context of increasingly diversified rural livelihoods
  • Development and piloting of a prototype survey module on climate change and adaptation/mitigation strategies, implemented as part of the household panel surveys in a subset of LSMS-ISA countries
  • A sourcebook for the provision of guidance to statistical agencies, researchers, and other organizations on the design of modules and questionnaires aimed at collecting household-level data on climate change and adaptation/mitigation strategies in developing countries

WorldFish Center

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  • Development and piloting of a prototype fishery and aquaculture module, implemented as part of the household panel surveys in a subset of LSMS-ISA countries
  • A sourcebook for the provision of guidance to statistical agencies, researchers, and other organizations on the design of modules and questionnaires aimed at collecting household-level fishery data in developing countries

World Food Programme

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  • Development and piloting of a prototype food security module, implemented as part of the household panel surveys in a subset of LSMS-ISA countries

International Fund for Agricultural Development

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  • Development and piloting of a prototype survey module aimed at measuring empowerment at the community-level, administered as part of the community questionnaires in a subset of LSMS-ISA countries, in collaboration with the World Bank Agriculture and Rural Development Department

Livestock Data Innovation Project

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  • Development and piloting of a prototype survey module which captures major dimensions of livestock production / livelihoods at the household level, administered as part of the agriculture questionnaires in a subset of LSMS-ISA countries, as part of a collaboration between the Food and Agriculture Organization, the World Bank, and the International Livestock Research Institute

Collaborative Masters Program in Agricultural and Applied Economics

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  • Organization of workshops to train local students and researchers on various theoretical and practical aspects of survey research
  • Creation of an internship program designed for African graduate students to achieve relevant skills development and application in order to contribute to achievement of the Millennium Development Goals in Africa

Last updated: 2017-03-14




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