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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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Every data point has a human story

Woman farmer harvesting groundnuts in Zimbabwe: David Brazier/IWMI

Good data leads to good policy, which means better lives for people around the world. But where does data come from? And what’s really going on behind the scenes to arrive at these all-important numbers? A new PBS documentary called The Crowd and the Cloud brings data to life by showing us the real lives behind the data points and the hard work that it takes to turn a human story into a statistic.
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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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Newsletter

Read the latest newsletter (Q1 2017) to learn about what's new with the LSMS team!

Announcement

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

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Programs

Programs

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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Publications

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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Training

Training

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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Tools

Tools

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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