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Designing Household Survey Samples

Practical Guidelines

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This publication serves as a handbook that includes the main sample survey design issues that can conveniently be referred to by practicing national statisticians, researchers and analysts involved in sample survey work and activities in countries. Methodologically sound techniques that are grounded in statistical theory are used in this handbook, implying the use of probability sampling at each stage of the sample selection process. A well-designed household survey that is properly implemented can generate necessary information of sufficient quality and accuracy with speed and at a relatively low cost. The content of this publication can also be used, as a training guide for introductory courses in sample survey design at various statistical training institutions that offer courses in applied statistics, especially survey methodology.

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Planning and execution of surveys

While the emphasis of the present handbook is on the sampling aspects 1. of household surveys, it is necessary to provide an overview of household survey planning, operations and implementation in order to fit the chapters and sections on sampling into proper context. There are many textbooks, handbooks and manuals that deal, in considerable detail, with the subject of household survey planning and execution, to which the reader is urged to refer for more information. Many of the main points, however, are highlighted and briefly described in the present chapter including key features of planning and execution, except for sample designs and selection, which are discussed in chapters 3, 4 and annex I.

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