The objective of the Survey-based Harmonized Indicators Program (SHIP) is to facilitate the monitoring of social and economic outcomes of national development programs using household survey data. This will increase the visibility of sub-national groups, such as the rural population, poor households and women, who typically do not benefit proportionally from the national development programs. This type of monitoring will not only inform the progress, but also the inclusiveness of the national development, and is especially suitable for programs with a poverty reduction focus such as the Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper (PRSP). SFs can also facilitate certain types of comparisons across countries and to track the development progress over time.
The comparability of the SFs is achieved through the use of a common set of variable definitions, to which individual surveys are harmonized. The procedures are put in place to ensure good data quality, transparency of data processing, and the ease of data analysis. These include verification for internal and external consistencies, extensive documentation of data processing, and harmonization of the standardized files through a common set of variables. The data are currently summarized in Standardized Survey Bulletins, which examine a country's Millennium Development Goal (MDG) related achievements in a poverty monitoring context. Intranet dissemination of these data is planned for the near future through the World Bank Data Development Group (DECDG) Development Data Project (DDP).
In addition to Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) purposes, another important objective of the SHIP project is to use the process of producing SFs as a statistical capacity building tool for the countries where household survey data are collected. Two regional workshops are being planned for September (Anglophone countries) and November (Francophone countries) 2003, with special focus on household survey data cleaning, expenditure aggregation and documentation. National Statistical Offices, especially those with recent surveys that need to be processed, are encouraged to apply for attending the workshop.
- Standardized Survey Bulletin #1, Ghana Living Standards Survey, 1998/99
- Standardized Survey Bulletin #2, Kenya Welfare Monitoring Survey, 1997
- Standardized Survey Bulletin #3, Malawi Integrated Household Survey, 1997
- Standardized Survey Bulletin #4, Ethiopia Welfare Monitoring Survey, 2000
- Standardized Survey Bulletin #5, Zambia, Living Conditions Monitoring Survey II, 1998
- Standardized Survey Bulletin #6, The Gambia, National Household Poverty Survey, 1998
- Standardized Survey Bulletin #7, Cameroun, Enquête auprès des Ménages, 1996
- Standardized Survey Bulletin #8, Burkina Faso, Enquête Prioritaire, 1998
- Standardized Survey Bulletin #9, Madagascar, Enquête Prioritaire auprès des Ménages, 1999
For further information on the Bulletins or the standardization program, please contact AFRDatabank@worldbank.org