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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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Seeing the forests and the trees

Woman farmer harvesting groundnuts in Zimbabwe: David Brazier/IWMI

Measuring the contribution of forests to reducing food insecurity, supporting sustainable livelihoods, and alleviating poverty has been difficult due to methodological limitations and lack of data. A new publication provides a landmark contribution to data collection on the socioeconomic benefits of forests.
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Measuring Livestock for Livelihoods

Credit: Kristen Himelein

In most low- and middle- income countries information on livestock is scant, and when available it is often inaccurate. A new LSMS guidebook provides guidance for effectively including livestock in multi-topic and agricultural household surveys for the collection of reliable data on its role in household economy and its contribution to livelihoods.
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Read the Fall 2016 newsletter 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: 2016-12-13

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