Summary: This manual explains the planning process, technical procedures, and standards used in Living Standard Measurement Study (LSMS) household surveys, including what these procedures entail, why they are used, and how they can be implemented. It provides a factual description of different procedures and standards as well as their purpose and an explanation of their distinctions. The report offers explicit instructions, along with examples of ways LSMS survey procedures have been implemented in different countries. Although the lessons presented here are derived from LSMS surveys, many of them are applicable to surveys in general, and especially to those that are complex or especially concerned with quality control. Topics covered in this manual include technical aspects of questionnaire formatting and testing, methods of implementing sample design, and fieldwork and data management procedures that have been successful. The report sketches ideas about which directions to pursue in analyzing data, presents a brief description of how to assess local statistical capacity, and includes sample work plans and budgets to give surveyors estimates of how long each process will take.
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