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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Construction and use of sample weights

The present chapter discusses the various stages in the development of sample weights and their use in computing estimates of characteristics of interest from household survey data. In particular, the adjustment of sample weights to compensate for various imperfections in the selected sample is described. Attention is restricted to descriptive estimates that are widely produced in most survey reports. The important ideas presented are illustrated using real examples of current surveys conducted in developing countries, or of ones that mimic real survey situations.

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