Central Microdata Catalog

Our Microdata Library operates as a portal for datasets originating from the World Bank and other international, regional and national organizations. These contributions make up the Central Microdata Catalog, which can also be viewed and searched by collection.

World Bank Contributing Catalogs

Global Financial Inclusion (Global Findex) Database

The Global Findex is the first public database of indicators that measures people's use of financial services across economies and over time. Based on over 150,000 interviews across 148 economies, the database can be used to develop a deeper understanding of how people save, borrow, make payments, and manage risk.

Service Delivery Facility Surveys

The service facility survey catalog provides access to data along with accompanying survey documents from facility level surveys conducted by the World Bank. Service delivery surveys are tools to measure the effectiveness of basic services such as education, health, and water and sanitation, which are fundamental for social welfare, especially for the poor.

The STEP Skills Measurement Program

The World Bank's STEP Skills Measurement Program (STEP) is the first ever initiative to measure skills in low and middle-income countries. It provides policy-relevant data to enable a better understanding of (i) skill requirements in the labor market, (ii) backward linkages between skills acquisition and educational achievement, personality, and social background, and (iii) forward linkages between skills acquisition and living standards, reductions in inequality and poverty, social inclusion, and economic growth.

The World Bank Group Country Opinion Survey Program (COS)

The World Bank Group Country Opinion Survey Program (COS) is an ongoing effort to systematically gauge and track the perceptions and views of the World Bank Group’s clients and partners across the globe, over time. The survey data provide the institution with more in-depth understanding of the views of stakeholders on issues related to the World Bank's work on the ground (how it operates, its relationships, and its knowledge) and other development related issues.

Development Research Microdata

This catalog provides the development community with research microdata used to generate some of the outputs of the World Bank Development Research Group. The Research Group, under the World Bank's Chief Economist Office, is the main research unit in the Bank.

Enterprise Surveys

Enterprise Surveys provide the world's most comprehensive company-level data in emerging markets and developing economies. The Enterprise Surveys collect information about the business environment, how it is perceived by individual firms, how it changes over time, and about the various constraints to firm performance and growth.

Impact Evaluation Surveys

This catalog provides access to datasets underlying impact evaluations conducted by the World Bank and other agencies to generate knowledge on the effectiveness of development policies and operations. Within the World Bank, this effort involves several thematic networks, regional units and the Development Research Group.

Living Standards Measurement Study (LSMS)

The LSMS is a research project that was initiated in 1980. It is a response to a perceived need for policy relevant data that would allow policy makers to move beyond simply measuring rates of unemployment, poverty and health care use, for example, to understanding the determinants of these observed social sector outcomes.

Migration and Remittances Surveys

A catalog of surveys conducted to improve our knowledge base on migration and remittances, and to provide rich and detailed information on the impact of migration and remittances at the household level. These datasets aim to increase our ability to maximize the socio-economic impact of migration and remittances.

External Contributing Catalogs

Global Health Data Exchange (GHDx), Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME)

The GHDx is a catalog and repository of the world's health and demographic data aiming to improve the discoverability and accessibility of health-related data. The GHDx is maintained by IHME, an independent global health research center at the University of Washington providing rigorous and comparable measurement of the world's health problems.

Integrated Public Use Microdata Series (IPUMS) International

IPUMS-International is an effort to inventory, preserve, harmonize, and disseminate census microdata from around the world. The project has collected the world's largest archive of publicly available census samples.

MEASURE DHS: Demographic and Health Surveys

The Monitoring and Evaluation to Assess and Use Results Demographic and Health Surveys (MEASURE DHS) project has provided technical assistance to more than 260 surveys in over 90 countries. It disseminates nationally representative data on fertility, family planning, maternal and child health, gender, HIV/AIDS, malaria, and nutrition.

UNICEF Multiple Indicator Cluster Surveys (MICS)

UNICEF supports countries to collect data on the situation of children and women through the Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS) program. MICS is designed to collect statistically sound, internationally comparable data on child-related indicators.

WHO’s Multi-Country Studies Programmes

The Multi-Country Studies (MCS) programme in the Department of Health Statistics and Information Systems at the World Health Organization (WHO) engages in primary data collection, analysis and dissemination in topical areas of health with a particular focus on Low and Middle Income countries.

DataFirst , University of Cape Town, South Africa

DataFirst is a research support unit at the University of Cape Town, South Africa, which operates a Research Data Centre and provides basic and advanced training in microdata managment and analysis. DataFirst is also an international web portal for South African census and survey data and all research output based on this data.

 
 
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