Leveraging the World Bank LSMS-ISA Program and Other Pre-COVID-19 Household Surveys for Design and Analysis of Phone Surveys
Activities in Ethiopia, Malawi, Nigeria, Tanzania and Uganda
In these five countries, the phone surveys leverage the ongoing World Bank Living Standards Measurement Study – Integrated Surveys on Agriculture (LSMS-ISA) initiative and its infrastructure.
In each country, the phone survey aims to conduct monthly phone interviews, for a period of 12 months, with a national sample of households that had been interviewed during the latest round of the LSMS-ISA-supported national longitudinal household survey. In each country, the implementing agency for the phone survey is the respective national statistical office (NSO) – with the exception of Ethiopia, where the World Bank has hired a private firm with clearance from the Central Statistical Agency.
This model leverages a decade of LSMS-ISA investment in the capacity of national statistical offices to design and conduct longitudinal household surveys. By enabling the partner national statistical offices to respond to the emergency data needs by re-orienting the existing LSMS-ISA longitudinal surveys, as opposed to building new, parallel systems of data collection, it promotes sustainability, and can easily be replicated at scale in other geographical areas.
Activities in Burkina Faso and Mali
Each phone survey in Burkina Faso and Mali aims to conduct monthly phone interviews, for a period of 12 months, with a national sample of household that had been interviewed during the 2018/19 round of the cross-sectional survey that had been conducted under the West Africa Regional Program to Harmonize and Modernize Living Conditions Survey. In each country, the implementing agency for the phone survey is the respective NSO.
In each LSMS-ISA country as well as in Burkina Faso and Mali, the technical assistance to the phone survey is provided by a team of experts from the LSMS and the World Bank Poverty and Equity GP.