LSMS Newsletter Winter/Spring 2016

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Gero Carletto, LSMS ManagerDear LSMS friends,

Huge changes are underway for the LSMS team, both in DC and around the world! More than 30 years after its inception in the Development Research Group, the LSMS team has found a new home in the Development Data Group (DECDG). This exciting move allowed us to merge with existing data initiatives in order to create a Survey Unit within the Data Group. We expect that our new Survey Unit will take on a greater data leadership role for producing the data we will need to accurately measure the Sustainable Development Goals and the World Bank's Twin Goals. Thanks to our new DECDG colleagues for making us feel so welcome during this time of transition.

Not only have we moved to the Data Group, but some of us have also moved all the way to Italy! The LSMS team is excited to announce its new Center for Development Data (C4D2): a new hub of methodological innovation in household surveys and agricultural statistics located in Rome, established in partnership with the Bank of Italy, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (see below for more details).

Keep following us on Facebook and on our website as we continue our efforts to improve survey data around the world!

- Gero Carletto (Manager)
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Datasets from the Enquête Agricole de Conjoncture Intégrée aux conditions de vie des ménages (EAC-I 2014) are now available. The EAC-I 2014 includes 3,804 households interviewed in two visits in 2014/2015. The survey was implemented by the Planning and Statistics Unit of the Ministry of Rural Development of Mali (CPS/SDR) and the World Bank with support from USAID.
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LSMS-ISA In the field
  • Ethiopia: The Ethiopia Socioeconomic Survey (ESS) Wave 3 post-harvest visit is ongoing
  • Nigeria: The General Household Survey Panel (GHS-Panel) Wave 3 post-harvest visit is ongoing
  • Malawi: Training has commenced for the Integrated Household Survey (IHS4). Field work will run from March 2016-March 2017

In its efforts to make data available to more users, the LSMS has agreed to provide a platform for distribution of several surveys that used LSMS methodology, but were implemented without direct LSMS support.

The Center for Development Data (C4D2) was recently established in Rome as a satellite of the Development Data Group (DECDG) to serve as a hub for methodological innovation in household surveys and agricultural statistics. It aims to increase the accuracy and cost-effectiveness of household surveys for sustainable development; its primary goal is to facilitate the production of not just more data, but better, more timely and relevant data on poverty and broader development outcomes to inform country-level policy making and investment decisions.


In light of the need to monitor SDG targets, and as part of the World Bank's commitment to end data deprivation, the Center is part of DECDG's efforts to address data gaps through an innovative approach to partnerships for methodological research, survey integration, and capacity development. LSMS is proud to be a founding C4D2 partner, alongside the Bank of Italy, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD).

There have been a number of exciting developments in the area of data at the World Bank in recent months, and the LSMS team has been at the forefront of these efforts. In collaboration with colleagues in the Poverty Global Practice and under the auspices of the Household Survey Working Group, LSMS team members contributed to drafting an Action Plan for the World Bank on household surveys in support of President Jim Yong Kim's pledge to work with the world's 78 poorest nations to ensure they conduct high-quality household surveys every 3 years. The Plan was endorsed by the World Bank's Data Council last December.

As a first step towards establishing high-quality surveys in the world's poorest countries, the LSMS is collaborating with the Poverty Global Practice in managing funds from the Pilot Program to increase availability and quality of data under Trust Fund for Statistical Capacity Building (TFSCB). The Pilot Program supports 14 countries in data production and 30 countries with technical assistance.

We are thrilled to announce the release on March 18th of a new ADePT module on crops. ADePT is a free software program, developed by the World Bank's Development Data Group, that analyzes survey microdata and produces print-ready standardized tables and charts. By automating the analysis of survey data, ADePT minimizes errors and reduces the amount of time it takes to produce analytical reports. The tool is intended for use by policy analysts in agricultural ministries, NGOs, international and research organizations, and allows for easy computation and display of agricultural statistics and indicators at the household/farm levels.


By making it simpler and faster to produce analytical reports, ADePT Agriculture frees up resources for the interpretation of results and facilitates using data to design evidence-based policies and investments. ADePT-Crops is being officially launched on March 18th with a hands-on demonstration for participants at the Land and Poverty Conference in Washington DC.

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