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Gero Carletto: Potential use of the Living Standards Measurement Study (LSMS) for impact evaluation

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Presentation delivered by Gero Carletto, Lead Economist in the Development Research Group of the World Bank, at side event of IFAD Governing Council 12 February 2013.

Presentation delivered by Gero Carletto, Lead Economist in the Development Research Group of the World Bank, at side event of IFAD Governing Council 12 February 2013.


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  • 1. The Living Standards Measurement Study: Potential Uses in Impact Evaluation Gero Carletto Lead Economist Development Economics Research Group The World Bank
  • 2. What is an LSMS?• 30 plus-year-old global initiative in Development Reserach Group at the World Bank• Main goals: - Gain a better understanding of the impact of policies and programs on poverty reduction - Build in-country capacity in the design and implementation of household surveys - Support methodological improvements in the measurement of key indicators - Champion the dissemination and use of data and analytical findings
  • 3. What is an LSMS? (cont’d)• Main features: - Nationally representative - Multi-topic (HD, labor, assets, nutrition, food security, …) - Consumption-based money metric to measure poverty - Open access - LSMS-Integrated Surveys on Agriculture • Working in 7 countries in SSA • Panels • Focus on agriculture • Disaggregated (gender, plot) • Geo-referenced (hh, plots) for improved link to spatial data • Use of technology (GPS for land area, CAPI)
  • 4. What are the issues?• Beneficiary identification• Sample size• Timing• Randomization - Identification strategy
  • 5. Potential uses• Oversample in project areas• Control group based on matching• Small area estimation (welfare measure)• Methodology - Questionnaires - Data collection protocols - Validation e.g. poverty predictors, asset index, … • On-going work in DECPI
  • 6. Some recent examples …• Malawi Fertilizer Input Subsidy Program using the Integrated Household Survey• MCC Water Project in two districts using Tanzania National Panel Survey
  • 7. Some final thoughts …• LSMS is one tool in the evaluation toolbox• Offers many opportunities to inform IFAD’s theory of change agenda• In terms of evaluation, synergies if ... - Plan ahead for best results and team up with national team at time of project’s inception/design - Clearly define “measurable” objectives - Identify target areas and intended beneficiaries - Think multiple identification strategies - Take advantage of expanding collection of panels