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UNSC side event: Positioning Household Surveys for the Next Decade

19 February 2021   8:00-9:00 AM (EST)

Virtual consultation will take place with stakeholders as part of the UN Statistical Commission to discuss the preparation of a paper on Positioning Household Surveys for the Next Decade. The event is organized by the Inter-secretariat Working Group on Household Surveys and the annotated outline of the paper, available here, will provide the basis for the discussion.


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Technical Guidance Note on Planning and Implementing Household Survey COVID-19

With face-to-face survey operations and social distancing measures creating challenges for the process of data gathering through surveys in many countries - a New Technical Guidance Note has been produced and released by the Inter-Secretariat Working Group on Household Surveys and covers considerations to help mitigate the risk of COVID-19 transmission during survey field work and to maintain, to the extent possible, continuity in survey operations.


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Spatial Anonymization

Prepared by DHS and the World Bank for the Inter-Secretariat Working Group on Household Surveys, a new report is now available that describes current spatial anonymization protocols and alternatives under consideration, presents various methods for assessing spatial disclosure risk and offers a set of recommended best practices.


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Stats Café: Is COVID-19 introducing mode effects into your official statistics?

Jointly organized by the Inter-Secretariat Working Group on Household Surveys and ESCAP Statistics Division, the webinar discussed mode effect assessment methodologies, lessons learned during COVID-19 with alternative modes of data collection, the potential of a “mixed mode” approach moving forward, and elements to consider for a cost effective data collection mode that produces high quality data.

Recording is available at here.


COVID-19: assessment of the mode effect on official statistics, jointly organized by ISWGHS and ECLAC

7 December 2020   9:00-11:00 AM (EDT)

As many countries have switched the survey mode from face-to-face to telephone due to the pandemic and are now gradually resuming face-to-face interviewing following the opening up of economies, this webinar aims to delve deeper into assessing the impact of data collection mode on official statistics and the current methodologies NSOs are using to distinguish the mode effect from the pandemic effect. The webinar will also discuss how the experiences gained by countries during the pandemic provide an opportunity for household surveys to move towards a “new normal”; and the challenges associated with such transition.


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The 2020 United Nations World Data Forum – The COVID-19 Crisis: is Household at a Crossroads?

October 2020  

Is household survey at a crossroads post COVID-19? Will the swift adaptions of household surveys at national level lead to permanent changes in the national statistical infrastructure? What are the lessons learnt from countries that have implemented such changes? What worked well and what did not? What important elements to consider before embarking on a total transformation of the household survey programmes? The session aims to respond to the questions raised above and showcase innovative approaches in sampling and other elements of household surveys, with a balance of methods that are in the forefront of research; and those that have been adopted by global survey programmes and by national statistical offices.

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UN Statistical Commission Friday Seminar on Emerging Issues: Household Surveys in a Changing Data Landscape

March 2020  

Organised by the United Nations Statistics Division, in collaboration with the Inter-Secretariat Working Group on Household Surveys, the seminar provided a platform for national statistical offices, international organisations and the research community to debate and discuss strategies to realise the full potential of household surveys in this new environment. The seminar helped identify the way forward for further methodological development in household surveys, for scaling up innovative approaches in countries and for identifying capacity building needs. The seminar also explored and suggested practical ways to streamline and scale up those innovative approaches and do so equitably, with low income countries benefiting in equal manner.

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Achieving the Full Potential of Household Surveys in the SDG Era – a background paper prepared for the Statistical Commission

February 2019  

The Intersecretariat Working Group on Household Survey submitted a background paper for the 50th session of the Statistical Commission. The paper demonstrates the importance of household surveys in measuring progress toward the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), and their potential as flexible, customizable data sources uniquely positioned to meet data needs for evidence-based policy making. The paper proposes multiple actions, including coordinated actions at various levels, methodological development and implementation of standards, innovative methods for dissemination of data, and advocacy for increased use of data, to achieve the full potential of household surveys.

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Secretary-General's Report to the 49th Statistical Commission

March 2018  

The report provides a summary of the recent activities undertaken by the Intersecretariat Working Group on Household Surveys, including the mapping of global Sustainable Development Goal indicators and household surveys. It contains a proposal for establishment of a trust fund for the implementation of various future activities of the Group (Agenda item 3(d)).

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Secretary-General's Report to the 48th Statistical Commission

March 2017  

The report provides a summary of the work of the Intersecretariat Working Group on Household Surveys. It provides information on the establishment of the governance mechanism and the programme of activities initiated and to be undertaken by the Intersecretariat Working Group to foster the coordination and integration of household survey activities (Agenda item 4(b)).

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Intersecretariat Working Group on Household Surveys established

6 March 2015  

The Statistical Commission, at its 46th session (3-6 March, 2015) endorsed the establishment of the Intersecretariat Working Group on Household Surveys, under the aegis of the Statistics Division, in order to foster the coordination and harmonization of household survey activities. The report is available at http://unstats.un.org/unsd/statcom/46th-session/.

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