Task Forces - Round 2


A Toolkit on Small Area Estimation for the SDGs.




Developing recommendations on a comprehensive national household survey programme

Household surveys play an important role in meeting national data needs. A mapping exercise recently conducted shows that around one-third of all SDG indicators (80 out of 232 indicators), covering 13 different goals, can be sourced from household surveys. Despite their crucial role in national statistical systems over the past decades, household surveys are still facing challenges in many countries. Among the identified challenges, two were particularly related to coordination - lack of coordination of international support and unpredictable funding of a short-lived and ad-hoc nature.


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Leaving no one behind - sampling the vulnerable populations

Introducing the background, why is the Guidelines important for SDG data disaggregation and leaving no one behind. Who are the users of the book (NSOs and major policy groups that are interested in collecting data for vulnerable populations)


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Collecting information on national household survey programmes and plans for ad-hoc surveys

As a first step towards better coordination of household surveys, a stocktaking of national and international surveys that are being carried out, either regularly or of ad-hoc nature would be necessary. The Task force is created to define the scope of and make a plan for the survey stocktaking exercise. Once the scope is defined and the plan is tested and approved, the stocktaking exercise will be carried out by ISWGHS as a work stream.


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COVID-19 and household surveys

The COVID-19 pandemic has presented itself as both a tremendous challenge and an opportunity to household survey programmes in countries.

The overall objectives of the Task Force are to (a) support the coordination of the COVID-19 impact surveys in countries; (b) provide guidance to countries both on maintaining the continuity of regular survey programmes and various methodological aspects of COVID-19 related surveys; and (c) establish a collective vision on the implications of COVID-19 for reshaping the national household survey programmes.


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Household survey microdata dissemination

The task force will produce a technical report providing an overview of the state of the art in terms of microdata dissemination in countries comparing the prevailing practices with the recommended practices. Furthermore, due the changing data ecosystem, emerging challenges will be identified in order to set an agenda for future research and international efforts to promote microdata dissemination.


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Spatial Anonymization in Public-Use Household Survey Datasets

An overarching objective is to maximize the analytical usefulness of confidential location data collected with surveys within the constraints of maintaining confidentiality of respondents. The ultimate objective would be to create guidelines in spatial anonymization of public use microdata.


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