Guidance Note on Assessing and Minimizing the Impact of a Crisis on Survey Quality: Approaches Learned from the COVID-19 Pandemic

This Technical Guidance Note is the result of collective efforts, involving a wide range of contributors with extensive experience in household survey operations. Initial draft of the Guidance Note was prepared by officials from the United Nations Statistics Division, the Inter-Ministerial Working Group on Household Surveys (ISWGHS) and the ECLAC Statistics Division

This document is framed in the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the production of official statistics, addressing two questions: First, how have these rapid adaptations in survey operations impacted survey data quality? And second, what have we learned from the experiences during the pandemic, and how can we be better prepared for the next crisis?

The Guidance Note aims to respond to these two questions. It documents many changes that were introduced to survey operations during the pandemic, including the mode of data collection and as a result, the availability of relevant sampling frames; questionnaire design and other changes such as training, supervision, quality assurance process, and data collection and processing protocols. Methods to assess and reduce the impact of COVID-19 on survey data quality are then covered. For the preparation of this document, codes that are in a publicly accessible repository were used.

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Analytical studies and dissemination of results
COVID-19 and production of official statistics
Methodology of data collection, processing, dissemination and analysis