The commodity chain of the household: from survey design to policy planning

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Coast, E., S. Randall & T. Leone (2008) "The commodity chain of the household: from survey design to policy planning" poster presented at the European Association for Population Studies. Barcelona. 9-12 July 2008.

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The commodity chain of the household: from survey design to policy planning

  1. 1. The Commodity Chain of the Household: From Survey Design to Policy Planning Do household definitions matter? ‘The household is central to the development process. Not only is the household a production unit but it is also a consumption, social and demographic unit’ Kenya: Ministry of Planning and National Development 2003:59 THE ISSUE SURVEYS RECENTLY What are the consequences of More variables being added in ‘household section’: to measure wealth / poverty / access to facilities which household definition for? influence health Data commissioners MDGs Data collectors Poverty reduction Data analysts Asset indicators Data users Policy makers More use made of publicly available data Planning / implementing targeted interventions Recognition of importance of society’s basic unit as Survey respondents influence upon members’ well-being METHODS 1. Document review (1950-present) Sub-Saharan Africa 2. Key informant in-depth interviews (International) 3.Ground truthing fieldwork (Case studies) : Cognitive & Ethnographic interviews 4. Modelling differences: Female headed households, Household dependency ratios, Asset indices, Household size RESULTS Data designers & collectors have: clear ideas about why need something called ‘household’ clear aims clear understanding of household definition BUT what about analysts / users far removed from collection? MIGHT: look at definition and assume this is the unit of production, consumption, socialisation central to the development process MIGHT: not even look at definition because they assume they know what a household is Ground truthing fieldwork: Tanzania Dr Ernestina Coast (LSE) e.coast@lse.ac.uk Dr Sara Randall (UCL) ucsascr@ucl.ac.uk Dr Tiziana Leone (LSE) t.leone@lse.ac.uk

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