Journal Article

Using Household Surveys to Build Analytic Capacity

Lorraine Blank and Margaret Grosh

in The World Bank Research Observer

Published on behalf of World Bank

Volume 14, issue 2, pages 209-227
Published in print August 1999 | ISSN: 0257-3032
Published online August 1999 | e-ISSN: 1564-6971 | DOI:
Using Household Surveys to Build Analytic Capacity

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This article reviews the results of efforts in five countries to build a national capacity to analyze social policy; these efforts were undertaken in oconjunction 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.

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Subjects: Development Planning and Policy

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