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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:


Global Rural and Agricultural Integrated Surveys (GRAInS)

  • FAO and the World Bank have a long-standing history of cooperating to advance the common goal of facilitating the production and use of household and farm survey data for evidence-based policymaking. In order to formalize and scale-up this cooperation, and enhance its impact on actual data production in the area of agricultural and rural statistics and beyond, they have agreed to form the GRAInS partnership, an alliance to garner the efforts of the two organizations, of member countries and of likeminded international technical agencies. The GRAInS partnership aims to conduct methodological research on integration of farm and household surveys, promote cost-effectiveness in data collection through the adoption of innovations, the introduction of technology and the use and integration of data sources, advocate and raise funding for scaling up the implementation of integrated farm and household surveys in developing countries, coordinate the provision of technical assistance and training to support the implementation of integrated farm and household surveys in developing countries, and ensure open access to the data collected through integrated farm and household surveys.

Partnership for Capacity Development in Household Surveys for Welfare Analysis

  • This partnership aims to improve the quality and sustainability of national surveys by strengthening capacity in regional training centers in the collection, analysis, and use of household surveys and other microdata, as well as in the integration of household surveys with other data sources. The partnership will offer a biannual Training Week on household surveys and thematic workshops on specialized topics to be held in Italy in training facilities made available by the Bank of Italy, as well as regular short courses and seminars held at regional statistical training facilities to maximize outreach and impact. The members of the partnership include, the Bank of Italy, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the Italian Republic, the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation, the Italian National Institute of Statistics, Italian National Institute of Health, the African Centre for Statistics of the UN Economic Commission for Africa, the Eastern Africa Statistical Training Center), and the École Nationale Supérieure de Statistique et d’Économie Appliquée. For more information, please contact: c4d2@worldbank.org.

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

C4D2

What

The Center for Development Data (C4D2) is a Rome-based hub for fostering methodological innovation and strengthening capacity in household surveys in low- and middle-income countries. It is coordinated by the Living Standards Measurement Study (LSMS) team in the World Bank’s Development Data Group (DECDG).

The Center’s mission is to facilitate the production of high-quality, timely, and relevant data on poverty, inequality, agriculture, and rural development to inform country-level policy making and investment decisions to catalyze poverty reduction, food security, and growth.

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Spearheading a rigorous program of methodological research, C4D2 aims to build on and intensify international efforts to increase the accuracy and cost effectiveness of household and other types of surveys for sustainable development.

Why

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) agenda requires the monitoring of a complex set of targets, leading to greater demand for data, methods, and standards from national and international statistical systems. The current international landscape is characterized by significant gaps in the availability and quality of survey data on households and individuals, a lack of data-quality standards, and low institutional capacity for survey design and implementation. Furthermore, following decades of neglect, reliable information on agriculture and rural development— which is key to poverty reduction in most low-income countries—remains especially deficient and worthy of renewed attention.

The World Bank, jointly with several development partners, is committed to altering this landscape and ending the current state of data deprivation. As part of a coordinated international effort, C4D2 works to develop and support the adoption of best practices, monitor quality standards, and build capacity in integrated surveys across the globe.

How

The Center helps address shortfalls in survey data through partnerships for methodological innovation, survey integration, and capacity development. It serves as a platform for the coordination of survey design decisions and fieldwork implementation. The Center is the home of the Global Rural and Agricultural Integrated Surveys (GRAInS) partnership, which builds on the work of multiple international survey initiatives — including the World Bank’s Living Standards Measurement Study–Integrated Surveys on Agriculture (LSMS-ISA), the Food and Agriculture Organization’s Agricultural and Rural Integrated Survey (AGRIS), and the U.S. Agency for International Development’s Core Agricultural and Rural Data Surveys (CARDS) — and on technical support from agencies such as the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The Center also collaborates closely with academic institutions and research organizations worldwide.


Last updated: 2017-07-27




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