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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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Latest Malawi Data Now Available

Malawi IHS4 Enumerator administering household questionnaire using World Bank Survey Solutions - Photo credit: Heather Moylan, World Bank

The Malawi National Statistical Office (NSO) in collaboration with the LSMS team, disseminated the findings from the Fourth Integrated Household Survey 2016/17 (IHS4), and the Integrated Household Panel Survey 2016 (IHPS), on November 22, 2017 in Lilongwe, Malawi.
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C4D2 Training on Household Surveys

Participants listening to a presentation by the Bank of Italy on Measuring Wealth

C4D2 launched its new Training Program to increase the capacity of lecturers from statistical training centers in Africa to design and implement sound and modern household surveys. The Program’s first initiative, a week-long training course on “Designing Household Surveys to Measure Poverty” was held from November 27 to December 1 in Perugia, Italy.
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Read the latest newsletter (November 2017) to learn about what's new with the LSMS team!

Every Data Point has a Human Story

Good data leads to good policy, which means better lives for people around the world. Even Big Data Starts Small.




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: 2017-12-20

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