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The Living Standards Measurement Study (LSMS)

The World Bank's flagship household survey program since 1980.

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The LSMS strives to keep its programs aligned with the shifting global needs in policy and analytical priorities, as well as the latest advances in technology and survey methodology.

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COVID-19 phone surveys

LSMS is supporting high-frequency phone surveys in Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Malawi, Mali, Nigeria, Tanzania and Uganda to track responses to and socio-economic impacts of COVID-19.

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LSMS Data

LSMS data is publicly available and open access: explore the full datasets in the World Bank’s Microdata Catalog

High-frequency phone surveys on COVID-19

LSMS is supporting high-frequency phone surveys in Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Malawi, Mali, Nigeria, Tanzania and Uganda to track responses to and socio-economic impacts of COVID-19.

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LSMS supported the National Household Forest Survey in Liberia

Implemented with technical support from LSMS, the Liberia National Household Forest Survey collects detailed, integrated data on forest use, forest- and non-forest income generating activities, and socio-demographics for nearly 3,000 forest-proximate households.
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COVID-19 phone surveys

Tracking the socioeconomic impacts of the pandemic in Nigeria

To monitor the socioeconomic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic in Nigeria, the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), with support from the World Bank, is conducting the Nigerian COVID-19 National Longitudinal Phone Survey ...
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A COVID-19 testing center in Madagascar © Henitsoa Rafalia/World Bank
COVID-19 phone surveys

Uganda High-Frequency Phone Survey on COVID-19

The Uganda Bureau of Statistics (UBOS), in collaboration with the World Bank’s Living Standards Measurement Study (LSMS) program and the Poverty and Equity Global Practice, ...
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COVID-19 phone surveys

High-frequency monitoring of COVID-19 impacts in Malawi

The Malawi National Statistical Office (NSO), in collaboration with the World Bank’s Living Standards Measurement Study (LSMS) program and the Poverty and Equity Global Practice, ...
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Data for Development

The World Bank's Living Standards Measurement Study team on the road in Uganda. Talip Kilic and James Muwonge of the Uganda Bureau of Statistics explain why accurate data is so important to sustainable development, and how "Behind every data point is a human story."
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New data available

Uganda National Panel Survey 2018/19

Microdata from the Uganda National Panel Survey 2018/19 are now available. The UNPS 2018/19 is the 7th round of the multi-topic, longitudinal survey program covering a range of topics, including consumption, income, demographics, education, health, and more.

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The World Bank's Living Standards Measurement Study (LSMS)
1818 H Street, NW Washington, DC 20433
lsms@worldbank.org
Center for Development Data (C4D2)
Via Labicana 110 Rome 00184, Italy
c4d2@worldbank.org