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Capturing What Matters. Essential Guidelines for Designing Household Surveys (second edition)


Reliable data is a critical tool in the fight against extreme poverty. Poverty reduction depends on high-quality data to identify and assess the drivers of poverty, as well as to track changes in poverty over time. Household surveys are the primary source of this data, as they are highly flexible and adaptable with regards to their scope and coverage. This guidebook is a consolidation of field-tested best practices to implement, improve, and modernize nationally representative multi-topic household surveys for monitoring welfare and poverty. Offered as a reference guide for Task Team Leaders (TTLs) within the World Bank, the guidebook is intended as a powerful tool for any survey practitioners (such as NSOs, development partners, educators, researchers, and students) implementing household surveys in low- and middle-income countries. Due to the evolving nature of household surveys, this will be a living document, to be continually updated as new recommendations become available.


  • Gbemisola Oseni Siwatu
  • Amparo Palacios Lopez
  • Harriet Kasidi Mugera
  • Josefine Durazo


Dec, 2021