sample surveys are a key source of statistics in many countries.
The United Nations Statistics Division has been involved in promoting
household surveys through the production of methodological publications
and encouraging integrated household survey programmes.
For example between 1981 and 1995
a National Household Survey Capability Programme (NHCP) was promoted
to help interested developing countries obtain through household
surveys and in conjunction with data from censuses and administrative
records a continuous flow of integrated statistics on a wide range
of subjects needed for policy formulation, planning and programme
The United Nations Statistics Division
is in the process of producing two handbooks on household sample
surveys. The first, Household
Sample Surveys in Developing and Transition Countries, presents
the "state of the art" of several of the most important
aspects of household surveys in developing and transition countries.
These include sample design, survey implementation, non-sampling
errors, survey costs, and analysis of survey data. The second, Designing
Samples for Household Surveys: Practical Guidelines, will provide,
once finalized, an important practical and hands on reference tool
for statisticians and other experts involved in designing and implementing
multi-stage household sample surveys.