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Using Household Surveys to Build Analytic Capacity


  • Blank, Lorraine
  • Grosh, Margaret


This article reviews the results of efforts in five countries to build a national capacity to analyze social policy; these efforts were undertaken in conjunction with Living Standards Measurement Survey (LSMS) projects. Case studies for Bolivia, Jamaica, the Kyrgyz Republic, South Africa, and Vietnam show that building such capacity requires explicit planning, significant time and money, open access to data, and strong support from policymakers. Lessons are drawn about four aspects of building capacity--training, technical assistance, research, and recruitment. The lessons learned from these LSMS projects apply in a more general sense to other kinds of capacity-building projects. Copyright 1999 by Oxford University Press.

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  • Blank, Lorraine & Grosh, Margaret, 1999. "Using Household Surveys to Build Analytic Capacity," World Bank Research Observer, World Bank Group, vol. 14(2), pages 209-227, August.
  • Handle: RePEc:oup:wbrobs:v:14:y:1999:i:2:p:209-27

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    1. Richard W. Waterman & B. Dan Wood, 1993. "Policy monitoring and policy analysis," Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 12(4), pages 685-699.
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    1. Brück, Tilman & Esenaliev, Damir & Kroeger, Antje & Kudebayeva, Alma & Mirkasimov, Bakhrom & Steiner, Susan, 2014. "Household survey data for research on well-being and behavior in Central Asia," Journal of Comparative Economics, Elsevier, vol. 42(3), pages 819-835.
    2. Recanatini, Francesca & Wallsten, Scott J. & Lixin Colin Xu, 2000. "Surveying surveys and questioning questions - learning from World Bank experience," Policy Research Working Paper Series 2307, The World Bank.

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