Computer-Assisted Personal Interviewing (CAPI)
The Computer-Assisted Personal Interview technology developed by the World Bank assists governments, statistical offices and non-governmental organisations in conducting complex surveys with dynamic structures using tablet devices. The software can be tailored to the needs of the clients, allowing them to successfully complete simple and more sophisticated projects: from basic evaluation questionnaires to complicated multistage panel surveys.
The software is offered free of charge, its development being co-financed by the World Bank, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. Surveys can be conducted on low-cost Android tablets.
ADePT: Software Platform for Automated Economic Analysis
ADePT was developed to automate and standardize the production of analytical reports. ADePT uses micro-level data from various types of surveys, such as Household Budget Surveys, Demographic and Health Surveys and Labor Force surveys to produce rich sets of tables and graphs for a particular area of economic research.
ADePT dramatically reduces time required for the production of analytical reports, minimizes human errors, allows easy introduction of new techniques and methods to a wide audience of policy practitioners, and allows users to free up resources for other activities, including drawing policy implications from the empirical evidence.
Comparative Living Standards Project (CLSP)
The Living Standards Measurement Study (LSMS) team has worked to create a database of harmonized variables from LSMS surveys to facilitate comparative research. The variables that have been created use internationally recognized standards where available.
The Comparative Living Standards Project provides the platform through which the harmonized variables can be analyzed. Users can do 'on-line' analysis with results provided in easily downloadable Excel files. Users wanting only simple analyses can use the standard indicators to do basic analyses, and users wanting more creative control can create their own variables through combining the harmonized variables. The CLSP allows users to do on demand analyses from simple frequencies through regression analysis.
PovCalNet: an online poverty analysis tool
PovcalNet is an interactive computational tool that allows you to replicate the calculations made by the World Bank's researchers in estimating the extent of absolute poverty in the world. PovcalNet also allows you to calculate the poverty measures under different assumptions and to assemble the estimates using alternative country groupings or for any set of individual countries of the user's choosing. PovcalNet is self-contained; it has reliable built-in software that quickly does the relevant calculations for you from the built-in database.
Online Data Analysis Tool (ODAT)
The project will develop a new way of accessing and analyzing data—the Online Data Analysis Toolkit (ODAT). The ODAT system will be designed to address many common problems in data access and data utilization in developing countries. It will provide a set of software components, with which data authorities can set up their own online data analysis portal. Under the system, the dataset will be kept in its unit record form in a central data center, the unit record will not leave the data center, and all the statistical results will not carry any individual information. Tabulation or analysis can be provided to different policy makers and researchers in various areas with real-time unit record data processing; different levels of aggregation for different users will maximize the usage of the country's existing data collection. Since all the analysis is conducted on the server side, users will not need to install or buy any statistical software.
PovMap: software for poverty mapping
PovMap 2.0 provides computational solutions to all stages of poverty mapping activities. It uses a proprietary data engine to ensure the speedy processing of census data. Its functions include data processing, distributional comparison, regression analysis, univariate analysis, correlation analysis, cross tabulation and simulation
The Spatial Analysis Team carries out analytical work and advisory services using geographic information systems (GIS) and related technologies for development research and policy analysis. Spatial technologies involve applications that can be used to visualize data, integrate data, and conduct spatial analysis.
Economic Research Computer Center
The Economic Research Computer Center will grant the researchers the access to fast, powerful, reliable and state of the art Virtual and non-Virtual Infrastructure with Enterprise level storage. That will enable the Development Research Group-the World Bank's in-house research department-to analyze larger amounts of data, giving freedom to experiment with different software packages and at the same time making it easier to collaborate with external parties.
At the current stage, the Center is providing services to the World Bank's staff; in subsequent phases the project will be expanded to provide cloud services to external users: researchers in the developing countries, think thanks or universities.