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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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Tanzania Conference on LSMS Data

Woman farmer harvesting groundnuts in Zimbabwe: David Brazier/IWMI

More than 100 researchers, policymakers, and development practitioners gathered in Dar es Salaam in February 2017 to attend the first of a series of conferences to discuss the use of household panel data produced under the LSMS-ISA project. 18 papers using the data were presented on topics ranging from gender to nutrition and climate change.
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Debunking Myths about African Agriculture

A new Special Issue of Food Policy brings together 12 articles that present insights from the Agriculture in Africa: Telling Facts from Myths project. The articles use LSMS-ISA data from 6 countries to revisit the conventional wisdom on Africa’s agriculture and its farmers’ livelihoods.
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Read the latest newsletter (Q1 2017) to learn about what's new with the LSMS team!


LSMS partners with the DHS and MICS survey programs to establish a new collaborative group.




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: 2017-04-12

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