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Living Standards Measurement Study: Integrated Surveys on Agriculture: Training

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LSMS-ISA: Talip Kilic holding a workshop.

Building Capacity

In each project country, the LSMS-ISA team works to strengthen the technical capacity of government staff and members of the local research community, including staff from the National Statistics Office, the Ministry of Agriculture, and other relevant line ministries and institutions. Staff and students are trained in the design and implementation of panel surveys both in collaboration with resident advisors and international experts on an ongoing basis, as well as through workshops focused on specific aspects of data collection, management and dissemination. Trained staff in relevant institutions raise each country's ability to generate agricultural statistics within a multi-topic framework, and increase the capacity of national institutions to consistently produce and evaluate high quality micro-data.

LSMS eLearning Course
The LSMS team teaches annual workshops to train practitioners in the design and implementation of household surveys. For those unable to attend in person, a six-session eLearning course is now available for online self-guided training. Click here to start the course from the beginning, or click on the following session titles to take a specific session:

The course is also available in Russian as a zip file: please click here to download the files and run the course from your computer.

LSMS-ISA: Annual Workshop 2013
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, May 8-9, 2013

Collection, Processing and Dissemination of Household Survey Data from A(griculture) to Z(-Scores)

The World Bank LSMS-ISA team held the fourth annual workshop for government officials from the national statistics offices of the seven LSMS-ISA partner countries in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The first day of the workshop consisted of presentations and discussion on key aspects of data management, data processing, and documentation and dissemination. The second day focused on key concepts and issues in questionnaire design and methodology with regards to agriculture and livestock. Presentations also included sessions on anthropometrics and dealing with outliers, and the workshop concluded with an open session on next steps to move the agenda forward.

LSMS-ISA: Annual Workshop 2012
Zanzibar, Tanzania, February 13-14, 2012

Questionnaire Design: Balancing Country Specificity with Cross-Country Comparability & International Standards

The World Bank LSMS-ISA team held its annual workshop for government officials from the national statistics offices of the seven LSMS-ISA partner countries to discuss issues of importance concerning questionnaire design and implementation. The workshop commenced with a welcome address by the Tanzania National Bureau of Statistics and included presentations on a variety of questionnaire design topics such as gender, household shocks, and measurement of non-standard units. Other topics presented included the design of modules for capturing livestock, GPS and data dissemination policies, and the forthcoming LSMS-ISA research agenda.

LSMS-ISA: Livestock Workshop 2011
Rome, Italy, June 30 - July 1, 2011

Challenges in Collecting Household-Level Livestock Data in Africa

Teams from the World Bank LSMS-ISA project and the Livestock Data Innovation in Africa (LDIA) project organized a joint workshop to discuss existing challenges in collecting household-level livestock data and methods of improving the current situation of livestock statistics in Africa. Technical specialists and local officials, including representatives from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), and the Centre de Coopération Internationale en Recherche Agronomique pour le Développement (CIRAD) held discussions on topics such as key features of survey design, sampling of nomadic populations, questionnaire content for a livestock module, and the collection of data on milk production and sales. Insights from the workshop will assist in the creation of a livestock module for inclusion in LSMS-type surveys and a sourcebook to guide practitioners in future research.

LSMS-ISA: Annual Workshop 2010
Kampala, Uganda, December 6-7, 2010

Data Processing and Dissemination:
Improving the Quality and Use of Household Survey Data

The World Bank LSMS-ISA team and representatives from the national statistics offices of the seven LSMS countries attended a workshop to discuss issues of importance regarding the processing and dissemination of data. Technical specialists and local government officials gave presentations on topics including decentralized data entry, GPS measurements, and the preparations necessary for conducting multiple waves of a panel survey. The workshop also included an in-field demonstration of the new Computer Assisted Personal Interview (CAPI) technology being implemented in the ongoing LSMS-ISA survey work in Uganda.

LSMS-ISA: Annual Workshop 2009
Nairobi, Kenya, December 3-4, 2009

Panel Surveys in Sub-Saharan Africa:
Selected Issues and Challenges

The World Bank LSMS-ISA team organized a workshop to discuss some of the key issues and challenges in panel survey design and implementation. The workshop brought together the technical staff responsible for the surveys in each LSMS-ISA country and key technical experts with strong backgrounds in panel surveys to develop practical suggestions for the improvement of the ongoing and planned surveys. Local teams from LSMS-ISA countries in later stages of project implementation shared their survey implementation experiences and provided their perspectives on the various factors that led to and/or hindered project success.

The World Bank LSMS-ISA team, in partnership with the Collaborative Masters Program in Agricultural and Applied Economics (CMAAE) of the African Economic Research Consortium, regularly organizes workshops to train local students and researchers on various theoretical and practical aspects of survey research, including best practices in the collection of household survey data, techniques for impact evaluation, and methods for the measurement of poverty and inequality.

The LSMS-ISA team has also created an internship program in collaboration with the CMAAE. The first intern under the program will be working for one year in Zomba, Malawi, with the Malawi National Statistics Office. Future interns will travel to Tanzania and Uganda.

LSMS-ISA: CMAAE October 2012, Maputo, Mozambique
Kigali, Rwanda, January 21-23, 2013

Economic Analysis Using Stata / Introduction to CSPro

In this second workshop with the second cohort of participants, the World Bank-CMAAE team focused on intermediate economic analysis using Stata, as well as an introduction to the data management and processing software CSPro. Participants built on their knowledge of Stata from the previous workshop via presentations and group exercises, with emphasis placed on merging, data cleaning, and preparing data for analysis. Participants also learned the basics of designing data entry applications using CSPro.

LSMS-ISA: CMAAE October 2012, Maputo, Mozambique
Maputo, Mozambique, October 8-10, 2012

Multi-Topic Household Surveys / Economic Analysis Using Stata

With this workshop, the World Bank-CMAAE team welcomed a new cohort of participants to the second workshop series conducted jointly by the LSMS-ISA and CMAAE programs. The workshop focused on a general introduction to multi-topic household surveys, as well as an introduction to economic analysis using Stata. Participants were provided with an overview of the various types and uses of multi-topic household surveys, as well as the essential aspects of designing and implementing such surveys. The workshop also introduced participants to using Stata as a tool for understanding and analyzing data.

LSMS-ISA: Learning Stata
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, February 15-17, 2012

Economic Analysis Using Stata II

This joint World Bank-CMAAE three-day workshop built upon the first Stata training to introduce participants to using panel data in Stata. Participants reviewed and reinforced skills in data manipulation and analysis and learned techniques for ‘real world’ data analysis (such as dealing with outlier and missing values) and more advanced analytical techniques (including fixed and random effects and the basics of panel data). The final day comprised of a small group exercise where participants identified research questions and performed preliminary data analysis, followed by a presentation and critique by workshop presenters and their CMAAE peers.

LSMS-ISA: Learning Stata
Manzini, Swaziland, October 5-7, 2011

Economic Analysis Using Stata I

In addition to developing and implementing a rigorous curriculum for Masters students, an important component of the CMAAE project is to build skills and research capacity among faculty. Towards this end, a joint World Bank-CMAAE three-day workshop was held on conducting economic analysis using Stata, during which students received the training necessary to reproduce the analysis of a published research paper. The workshop included sessions on preparing data and merging datasets, as well as OLS regressions and probit analysis.

LSMS-ISA: Group Picture
Nairobi, Kenya, February 22-24, 2011

Workshop in Impact Evaluation: Experimental Design and Non-Experimental Inference Methods

The main objective of the joint World Bank-CMAAE workshop on impact evaluation was to provide an overview of practical experimental and econometric evaluation methods. Information on effective experimental design was provided, along with the presentation of a survey of econometric techniques for causal inference on non-experimental data. The ultimate goal of the workshop was to provide participants with the tools necessary to design and implement experimental and non-experimental impact evaluation work.

LSMS-ISA: Learing the ADePT Software
Pretoria, South Africa, October 6-8, 2010

Workshop in Poverty Analysis: Concepts and Applications of ADePT Software

Inviting the same participants as the February 2010 workshop in Nairobi, the World Bank-CMAAE team organized an advanced three-day exercise to examine an application of the concepts covered in the previous workshop. The focus was on the use of ADePT automated software for poverty analysis, and topics included both technical examples as well as the underlying theory. The workshop was led by Sergiy Radyakin, one of the primary developers of the ADePT software at the World Bank, and specific items covered include poverty measures and their properties; poverty decompositions into the effects of growth and redistribution; sectoral gains and population shifts; poverty lines (including the absolute, relative and subjective poverty lines); the relationship between poverty and inequality; and the sensitivity of different poverty measures to inequality.

LSMS-ISA: Group Picture
Nairobi, Kenya, February 24-26, 2010

Designing and Implementing Integrated Household Surveys on Agriculture (2010)
Concepts and Applications

The World Bank-CMAAE team organized a three day workshop to provide an overview of the fundamentals of the design and implementation of multi-topic household surveys. The workshop highlighted key uses of LSMS-type data and current research to improve the quality of household survey data. Emphasis was placed on both the practical and theoretical aspects of household data, with topics ranging from questionnaire design and implementation strategies to sampling theory, poverty analysis and poverty mapping.

LSMS-ISA: Surveying in Action.
Pretoria, South Africa, October 6-7, 2009

Designing and Implementing Integrated Household Surveys on Agriculture (2009)
Concepts and Applications

The objective of this LSMS learning workshop was to provide participants with an overview of the key phases and aspects of the design and implementation of multi-topic household surveys. It also emphasized various uses of LSMS-type data and discussed ongoing research to improve the quality of household survey data, drawing heavily on the experiences of both the ongoing LSMS program and the LSMS-ISA project. Participants included faculty members from fourteen universities in ten countries in Southern and Eastern Africa.

LSMS-ISA: Learning CSPro
Tanzania, October 2010

CSPro Master Class

The CSPro programming language allows for writing programming logic for its Data Entry and Batch Edit applications. In Data Entry applications, it is possible to write logic to control and check the keying operation as it progresses. In Batch Edit applications, logic can be used to identify and correct errors after data capture is complete. In both cases, the programming language of CSPro is versatile and allows the user to “invent” ad-hoc solutions to a wide range of situations.

This 3-day training course on CSPro programming was held for the Tanzania National Bureau of Statistics team members involved with data processing. The main topics included were:

  • User-Defined Functions: CSPro syntax and rules
  • A set of user-defined functions: Skip Override and Skip Management
  • Running external applications from CSPro
  • Useful external applications: Replace, Zip, Unzip
  • Different alternatives for creating your own external application: Dos Batch, VBscript
  • A CSPro empowering pack: InputBox, MsgBox, FolderCreate, FolderDelete and others
  • Parameterizing a CSPro application and using it for different data processing needs
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