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The LSMS team is committed to building technical capacity in partner countries to strengthen household survey systems and improve the quality and use of microdata. Aimed to both researchers and practitioners, LSMS training courses and workshops center on key aspects of household survey design, implementation, analysis and dissemination, with a focus on the measurement and monitoring of living standards. All training materials are made freely available to further foster adoption and harmonization of household survey best practices. See below for more details on the different LSMS training programs and available materials.


C4D2 Training Initiative

Housed within the LSMS-led Center for Development Data (C4D2), the C4D2-Training initiative provides statisticians in developing countries with specialized training in the collection, analysis, and use of household surveys and other microdata. Funded by the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation (AICS), the initiative aims to improve and harmonize the curricula of regional statistical training centers, facilitate the uptake of global standards and best practices in household survey design, create a network of household survey experts at the regional level, and promote harmonization across countries. C4D2-Training organizes training courses, thematic workshops on specialized topics, as well as short courses and seminars. 


Remote Training on Phone Surveys

A fully virtual course where survey practitioners learn the ins and outs of phone surveys. The course covers best practices at each stage of the phone survey life cycle, including questionnaire design, sampling design, use of Computer-Assisted Telephone Interviewing (CATI), and remote data quality monitoring. The course was developed in partnership with the Joint Program in Survey Methodology (JPSM) and the Mannheim Business School, and with financial support from the Trust Fund for Statistical Capacity Building (TFSCB). The course incorporates a combination of virtual lectures, readings, and learning assessments. It is available in EnglishFrench and Spanish.


Living Standards Measurement Study (LSMS) Course (forthcoming)

This course provides the best practices and latest standards in the implementation of multi-topic household surveys. Drawing on decades of experience and focus on methodological innovation, the course covers each stage of the survey life cycle, including questionnaire design, sampling design, fieldwork organization, tools and methods for data collection and quality control, and archiving and dissemination.