Welcome to the website of the Inter-secretariat Working Group on Household Surveys


The Intersecretariat Working Group on Household Surveys (ISWGHS) was established by the Statistical Commission at its forty-sixth session in 2015, under the aegis of the United Nations Statistics Division of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs, to foster coordination and harmonization of household survey activities.


The group specific objectives are:

  • Promoting the development of household survey methodology
  • Fostering the use of common standards and methods
  • Encouraging documentation and dissemination of survey metadata and data
  • Promoting the use of survey data for research
  • Developing partnerships for capacity development.

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Governance Structure

The major elements of the Intersecretarial Working Group's governance arrangements include bodies within the group as well as entities that have been established by bodies outside the Intersecretariat Working Group. These external entities pursue similar objectives of improving the quality, availability and use of survey data through coordination and collaboration. Where applicable, the Intersecretariat Working Group will coordinate with those entities to take into account their work into its own work programme. Read More


The members of the Inter-Secretariat Working Group comprising its management group include seven international organizations: six agencies directly involved in the design and implementation of household surveys and the Statistics Division. The Chair of the group will rotate among the seven organizations. The Statistics Division will serve as secretariat of the group.

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