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:
- Session 1: Overview
- Session 2: Questionnaire Design
- Session 3: Sampling
- Session 4: Fieldwork and Data Entry
- Session 5: Archiving and Dissemination
- Session 6: Data Use
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.
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.
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.
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.
Kampala, Uganda, December 6-7, 2010
Data Processing and Dissemination:
Nairobi, Kenya, December 3-4, 2009
Panel Surveys in Sub-Saharan Africa:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Nairobi, Kenya, February 24-26, 2010
Designing and Implementing Integrated Household Surveys on Agriculture (2010)
Pretoria, South Africa, October 6-7, 2009
Designing and Implementing Integrated Household Surveys on Agriculture (2009)
Tanzania, October 2010
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: