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Marching to the Same Drummer: An Overview of a Proposed IHSN (International Household Survey Network) Open Source Question Bank

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Mark McConaghy
Department for International Development, UK

Survey takers must ask the similar and culturally-appropriate questions in order to ensure that they measure the same phenomena. In most countries, sample surveys, censuses and administrative reporting systems measure the same variables (e.g., demographics, income, labour activities, health characteristics, etc), but often with slight differences which result in non-comparability of data across sources. In this presentation, the IHSN will provide an overview of a question bank which aims to address issues of metadata accessibility and quality by using a standard and comprehensive XML template to hold information on questions, classifications, concepts and indicators from a range of official sources. The Question Bank will serve as a central resource for data producers and other stakeholders to share information in a consistent way. It is hoped that this question bank which, using an open source software will support improvements in data comparability within country as users have easy access to recommended approaches and can consider modifications to new and existing instruments.

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