Sydney Gourlay is a Survey Specialist in the Development Research Group of the World Bank. Her primary area of research is methodological validation with a particular focus on land area measurement. Her current work includes the coordination of a methodological validation study in Ethiopia, with objective measurements in land area measurement and soil fertility. As a member of the LSMS-ISA team, she also assists with cross-country research and data analysis for LSMS-ISA project countries. She holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder and an M.A. in Economics from American University in Washington, DC.
The Living Standards Measurement Study (LSMS) and the Living Standards Measurement Study-Integrated Surveys on Agriculture (LSMS-ISA) were established by the Development Research Group to explore ways of improving the type and quality of household data collected by statistical offices in developing countries. The goal is to foster increased use of household data as a basis for policy decisionmaking.