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Courses & Workshops

The LSMS team offers various courses and workshops to train researchers and practitioners in key aspects of household survey design, implementation and analysis.


New York, USA, March 7, 2017

Improving Food Consumption Measurement in Household Surveys

The seminar - convened in New York by the Food and Agriculture Association of the United Nations (FAO) and the World Bank, under the aegis of the Inter-Agency and Expert Group on Food Security, Agricultural and Rural Statistics during the 48th Session of the UN Statistical Commission - provided chief statisticians from low- and middle-income countries an opportunity to discuss a common agenda for fostering the adoption and implementation of a new set of guidelines for the measurement of food consumption data in household surveys.

The keynote speaker was Prof. John Gibson of the University of Waikato in New Zealand, a leading expert in the measurement of poverty and undernourishment based on household surveys, and the author of very influential publications in these areas.

The seminar at the UN Statistical Commission was a milestone in an ongoing partnership between FAO and the LSMS team at the World Bank, which started in 2014 with a technical workshop in Rome on Improving the Relevance and Reliability of Food Data from Household Consumption and Expenditure Surveys, in which several of the technical and methodological research questions informing the draft guidelines presented in New York were first discussed. That workshop was followed by a second Expert Consultation, also in Rome, in 2016.

Conflict Workshop 2015
Berlin, Germany, November 23-27, 2015

Measuring Violent Conflict in Micro-Level Surveys

The World Bank, in cooperation with the International Security and Development Center and the Households in Conflict Network organized an international training course on how to measure violent conflict in micro-level surveys. The course strengthened the capacity of the participants from national statistical agencies and NGOs in countries previously or currently experiencing political violence. Participants learned how to account for the exposure of individuals to violent conflict in various surveys like the Living Standards Measurement Study (LSMS)

Food Consumption Workshop 2014
Rome, Italy, November 6-7, 2014

Improving the Relevance and Reliability of Food Data from Household Consumption and Expenditure Surveys

The World Bank, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, and the Global Strategy to Improve Agricultural and Rural Statistics organized a joint workshop that took place in Rome, Italy in November 2014. This workshop was part of a broader work program with the ultimate objective to develop, validate and promote scalable standards for the measurement of food consumption in household surveys. The workshop brought together a multidisciplinary group of experts, including statisticians, nutritionists, and economists, and focused on five methodological areas: food acquisition versus consumption, individual versus household consumption, choice of recall period, length and specificity of the food list, and collecting data on food eaten away from home.

LSMS-ISA: Annual Workshop 2013
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, May 8-9, 2013

Collection, Processing and Dissemination of Household Survey Data

The World Bank LSMS-ISA team held the fourth annual workshop for government officials from the national statistics offices of the seven LSMS-ISA partner countries in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The first day of the workshop consisted of presentations and discussion on key aspects of data management, data processing, and documentation and dissemination. The second day focused on key concepts and issues in questionnaire design and methodology with regards to agriculture and livestock. Presentations also included sessions on anthropometrics and dealing with outliers, and the workshop concluded with an open session on next steps to move the agenda forward.

LSMS-ISA: CMAAE October 2012, Maputo, Mozambique
Kigali, Rwanda, January 21-23, 2013

Economic Analysis Using Stata / Introduction to CSPro

In this second workshop with the second cohort of participants, the World Bank-CMAAE team focused on intermediate economic analysis using Stata, as well as an introduction to the data management and processing software CSPro. Participants built on their knowledge of Stata from the previous workshop via presentations and group exercises, with emphasis placed on merging, data cleaning, and preparing data for analysis. Participants also learned the basics of designing data entry applications using CSPro.

LSMS-ISA: CMAAE October 2012, Maputo, Mozambique
Maputo, Mozambique, October 8-10, 2012

Multi-Topic Household Surveys / Economic Analysis Using Stata

With this workshop, the World Bank-CMAAE team welcomed a new cohort of participants to the second workshop series conducted jointly by the LSMS-ISA and CMAAE programs. The workshop focused on a general introduction to multi-topic household surveys, as well as an introduction to economic analysis using Stata. Participants were provided with an overview of the various types and uses of multi-topic household surveys, as well as the essential aspects of designing and implementing such surveys. The workshop also introduced participants to using Stata as a tool for understanding and analyzing data.

LSMS-ISA: Learning Stata
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, February 15-17, 2012

Economic Analysis Using Stata II

This joint World Bank-CMAAE three-day workshop built upon the first Stata training to introduce participants to using panel data in Stata. Participants reviewed and reinforced skills in data manipulation and analysis and learned techniques for ‘real world’ data analysis (such as dealing with outlier and missing values) and more advanced analytical techniques (including fixed and random effects and the basics of panel data). The final day comprised of a small group exercise where participants identified research questions and performed preliminary data analysis, followed by a presentation and critique by workshop presenters and their CMAAE peers.

LSMS-ISA: Annual Workshop 2012
Zanzibar, Tanzania, February 13-14, 2012

Questionnaire Design: Balancing Country Specificity with Cross-Country Comparability & International Standards

The World Bank LSMS-ISA team held its annual workshop for government officials from the national statistics offices of the seven LSMS-ISA partner countries to discuss issues of importance concerning questionnaire design and implementation. The workshop commenced with a welcome address by the Tanzania National Bureau of Statistics and included presentations on a variety of questionnaire design topics such as gender, household shocks, and measurement of non-standard units. Other topics presented included the design of modules for capturing livestock, GPS and data dissemination policies, and the forthcoming LSMS-ISA research agenda.

LSMS-ISA: Learning Stata
Manzini, Swaziland, October 5-7, 2011

Economic Analysis Using Stata I

In addition to developing and implementing a rigorous curriculum for Masters students, an important component of the CMAAE project is to build skills and research capacity among faculty. Towards this end, a joint World Bank-CMAAE three-day workshop was held on conducting economic analysis using Stata, during which students received the training necessary to reproduce the analysis of a published research paper. The workshop included sessions on preparing data and merging datasets, as well as OLS regressions and probit analysis.

LSMS-ISA: Livestock Workshop 2011
Rome, Italy, June 30 - July 1, 2011

Challenges in Collecting Household-Level Livestock Data in Africa

Teams from the World Bank LSMS-ISA project and the Livestock Data Innovation in Africa (LDIA) project organized a joint workshop to discuss existing challenges in collecting household-level livestock data and methods of improving the current situation of livestock statistics in Africa. Technical specialists and local officials, including representatives from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), and the Centre de Coopération Internationale en Recherche Agronomique pour le Développement (CIRAD) held discussions on topics such as key features of survey design, sampling of nomadic populations, questionnaire content for a livestock module, and the collection of data on milk production and sales. Insights from the workshop will assist in the creation of a livestock module for inclusion in LSMS-type surveys and a sourcebook to guide practitioners in future research.

LSMS-ISA: Group Picture
Nairobi, Kenya, February 22-24, 2011

Workshop in Impact Evaluation: Experimental Design and Non-Experimental Inference Methods

The main objective of the joint World Bank-CMAAE workshop on impact evaluation was to provide an overview of practical experimental and econometric evaluation methods. Information on effective experimental design was provided, along with the presentation of a survey of econometric techniques for causal inference on non-experimental data. The ultimate goal of the workshop was to provide participants with the tools necessary to design and implement experimental and non-experimental impact evaluation work.

LSMS-ISA: Annual Workshop 2010
Kampala, Uganda, December 6-7, 2010

Data Processing and Dissemination:
Improving the Quality and Use of Household Survey Data

The World Bank LSMS-ISA team and representatives from the national statistics offices of the seven LSMS countries attended a workshop to discuss issues of importance regarding the processing and dissemination of data. Technical specialists and local government officials gave presentations on topics including decentralized data entry, GPS measurements, and the preparations necessary for conducting multiple waves of a panel survey. The workshop also included an in-field demonstration of the new Computer Assisted Personal Interview (CAPI) technology being implemented in the ongoing LSMS-ISA survey work in Uganda.

LSMS-ISA: Learning CSPro
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, October 11-13, 2010

CSPro Master Class

The CSPro programming language allows for writing programming logic for its Data Entry and Batch Edit applications. In Data Entry applications, it is possible to write logic to control and check the keying operation as it progresses. In Batch Edit applications, logic can be used to identify and correct errors after data capture is complete. In both cases, the programming language of CSPro is versatile and allows the user to “invent” ad-hoc solutions to a wide range of situations.

This 3-day training course on CSPro programming was held for the Tanzania National Bureau of Statistics team members involved with data processing. The main topics included were:

  • User-Defined Functions: CSPro syntax and rules
  • A set of user-defined functions: Skip Override and Skip Management
  • Running external applications from CSPro
  • Useful external applications: Replace, Zip, Unzip
  • Different alternatives for creating your own external application: Dos Batch, VBscript
  • A CSPro empowering pack: InputBox, MsgBox, FolderCreate, FolderDelete and others
  • Parameterizing a CSPro application and using it for different data processing needs

LSMS-ISA: Learing the ADePT Software
Pretoria, South Africa, October 6-8, 2010

Workshop in Poverty Analysis: Concepts and Applications of ADePT Software

Inviting the same participants as the February 2010 workshop in Nairobi, the World Bank-CMAAE team organized an advanced three-day exercise to examine an application of the concepts covered in the previous workshop. The focus was on the use of ADePT automated software for poverty analysis, and topics included both technical examples as well as the underlying theory. The workshop was led by Sergiy Radyakin, one of the primary developers of the ADePT software at the World Bank, and specific items covered include poverty measures and their properties; poverty decompositions into the effects of growth and redistribution; sectoral gains and population shifts; poverty lines (including the absolute, relative and subjective poverty lines); the relationship between poverty and inequality; and the sensitivity of different poverty measures to inequality.

LSMS-ISA: Group Picture
Nairobi, Kenya, February 24-26, 2010

Designing and Implementing Integrated Household Surveys on Agriculture (2010)
Concepts and Applications

The World Bank-CMAAE team organized a three day workshop to provide an overview of the fundamentals of the design and implementation of multi-topic household surveys. The workshop highlighted key uses of LSMS-type data and current research to improve the quality of household survey data. Emphasis was placed on both the practical and theoretical aspects of household data, with topics ranging from questionnaire design and implementation strategies to sampling theory, poverty analysis and poverty mapping.

LSMS-ISA: Annual Workshop 2009
Nairobi, Kenya, December 3-4, 2009

Panel Surveys in Sub-Saharan Africa:
Selected Issues and Challenges

The World Bank LSMS-ISA team organized a workshop to discuss some of the key issues and challenges in panel survey design and implementation. The workshop brought together the technical staff responsible for the surveys in each LSMS-ISA country and key technical experts with strong backgrounds in panel surveys to develop practical suggestions for the improvement of the ongoing and planned surveys. Local teams from LSMS-ISA countries in later stages of project implementation shared their survey implementation experiences and provided their perspectives on the various factors that led to and/or hindered project success.

LSMS-ISA: Surveying in Action.
Pretoria, South Africa, October 6-7, 2009

Designing and Implementing Integrated Household Surveys on Agriculture (2009)
Concepts and Applications

The objective of this LSMS learning workshop was to provide participants with an overview of the key phases and aspects of the design and implementation of multi-topic household surveys. It also emphasized various uses of LSMS-type data and discussed ongoing research to improve the quality of household survey data, drawing heavily on the experiences of both the ongoing LSMS program and the LSMS-ISA project. Participants included faculty members from fourteen universities in ten countries in Southern and Eastern Africa.


The LSMS team teaches annual workshops to train practitioners in the design and implementation of household surveys. For those unable to attend in person, a six-session eLearning course is now available for online self-guided training. Click here to start the course from the beginning, or click on the following session titles to take a specific session:


Household Surveys in the Post-2015 Development Agenda

Course Objective: This annual course is provided to train staff in how to collect data using a multi-topic integrated household survey. This course provides information on all relevant issues and procedures involved in the collection of high-quality household survey data. The course includes sessions on (a) key issues to consider in designing a survey; (b) creation of high-quality questionnaires; (c) survey implementation in the field; (d) the latest innovations in survey design; (e) how to use the data that are collected; (f) how to budget for a survey; and how to document and disseminate the data.

Sampling for Surveys

Course Objective: The objective of this annual course is to provide staff with a clear understanding of the key issues involved in selecting samples of households, enterprises, facilities or individuals to be included in various surveys. It covers the basics of sampling, both in theory and in practical terms. The module is useful both for those who plan to be involved in any of a variety of sample surveys as well as those who analyze such data. Upon completing the course, the participants should be familiar with the major issues and procedures.

Household Survey Clinics

What is a Household Survey Clinic?

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.   To promote the quality of household surveys and the resulting data sets, and to take advantage of the experience which exists in the LSMS team 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 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?
  • Any TTL or staff member planning or developing a household survey regardless of region or focus.
When can a Household Survey Clinic be requested?

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

To request a Clinic, send an email to  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 and sampling plans, if these already exist in some form.  This clinic preparation form 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 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 other potential participants relevant for the general discussion during the Clinic.

The time and location of the Clinic will be arranged jointly by the requesting TTL 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.

With your approval, the Clinic will be open to others in the Bank who are thinking about carrying out a household survey or already involved in designing such a survey.  You are more than welcome to attend other Clinics in the future if a specific topic of relevance is being covered.

Follow-up to a Household Survey Clinic

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.


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

Last updated: 2017-03-07

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