The World Bank is interested in gauging the views of clients and partners who are either involved in development in China or who observe activities related to social and economic development. The World Bank Country Assessment Survey is meant to give the Bank's team that works in China, more in-depth insight into how the Bank's work is perceived. This is one tool the Bank uses to assess the views of its critical stakeholders. With this understanding, the World Bank hopes to develop more effective strategies, outreach and programs that support development in China. The World Bank commissioned an independent firm to oversee the logistics of this effort in China.
The survey was designed to achieve the following objectives:
- Assist the World Bank in gaining a better understanding of how stakeholders in China perceive the Bank;
- Obtain systematic feedback from stakeholders in China regarding:
· Their views regarding the general environment in China;
· Their perceived overall value of the World Bank in China;
· Overall impressions of the World Bank as related to programs, poverty reduction, personal relationships, effectiveness, knowledge base, collaboration, and its day-to-day operation; and
· Perceptions of the World Bank's communication and outreach in China.
- Use data to help inform the China country team's strategy.
Kind of Data
Sample survey data [ssd]
Unit of Analysis
The World Bank Country Assessment Survey covered the following topics:
- General issues facing China
- Overall attitudes toward the World Bank
- The work of the World Bank
- The way the World Bank does business
- Project/ program related issues
- The future role of the World Bank in China
- Communication and outreach
- Background information of the respondent
Stakeholders of the World Bank in China
Producers and sponsors
Public Opinion Research Group
The World Bank Group
December 2011 thru March 2012, 518 stakeholders of the World Bank in China were invited to provide their opinions on the Bank's assistance to the country by participating in a country survey. Participants in the survey were drawn from among employees of a ministry or ministerial department of central government; local government officials or staff; project management offices at the central and local level; the central bank; financial sector/banks; NGOs; regulatory agencies; state-owned enterprises; bilateral or multilateral agencies; private sector organizations; consultants/contractors working on World Bank supported projects/programs; the media; and academia, research institutes or think tanks.
A total of 207 stakeholders participated in the country survey (40%).
Dates of Data Collection
Data Collection Mode
Data Collection Notes
Respondents received the questionnaire in the mail and returned the completed questionnaire similarly. Respondents were asked to indicate: their overall attitudes toward the Bank; the importance of specific areas of the Bank's work and the Bank's effectiveness in those areas; and their level of agreement with a series of statements about the way the World Bank does business. Respondents were also asked about general issues facing China, the Bank's future role in China, and the Bank's communication and outreach efforts in China.
The Questionnaire consists of 8 Sections:
1. Background Information:
The first section asked respondents for their current position; specialization; familiarity, exposure to, and involvement with the Bank; and geographic location.
2. General Issues facing China:
Respondents were asked to indicate what they thought were the most important development priorities, which areas would contribute most to poverty reduction and economic growth in China, as well as rating their perspective on the future of the next generation in China.
3. Overall Attitudes toward the World Bank:
Respondents were asked to rate the Bank's overall effectiveness in China, the extent to which the Bank's financial instruments meet China's needs, the extent to which the Bank meets China's need for knowledge services, and their agreement with various statements regarding the Bank's programs, poverty mission, relationships, and collaborations in China. Respondents were also asked to indicate the areas on which it would be most productive for the Bank to focus its resources and research, what the Bank's level of involvement should be, and what they felt were the Bank's greatest values and greatest weaknesses in its work.
4. The Work of the World Bank:
Respondents were asked to rate their level of importance and the Bank's level of effectiveness across fifteen areas in which the Bank was involved, such as helping to reduce poverty and encouraging greater transparency in governance.
5. The Way the World Bank does Business:
Respondents were asked to rate the Bank's level of effectiveness in the way it does business, including the Bank's knowledge, personal relationships, collaborations, and poverty mission.
6. Project/Program Related Issues:
Respondents were asked to rate their level of agreement with a series of statements regarding the Bank's programs, day-to-day operations, and collaborations in China.
7. The Future of the World Bank in China:
Respondents were asked to rate how significant a role the Bank should play in China's development and to indicate what the Bank could do to make itself of greater value and what the greatest obstacle was to the Bank playing a significant role in China.
8. Communication and Outreach:
Respondents were asked to indicate where they get information about development issues and the Bank's development activities in China, as well as how they prefer to receive information from the Bank. Respondents were also asked to indicate their usage of the Bank's website and PICs, and to evaluate these communication and outreach efforts.
Public Opinion Research Group
The World Bank
The World Bank Microdata Library
The World Bank
Use of the dataset must be acknowledged using a citation which would include:
- the Identification of the Primary Investigator
- the title of the survey (including country, acronym and year of implementation)
- the survey reference number
- the source and date of download
Disclaimer and copyrights
The user of the data acknowledges that the original collector of the data, the authorized distributor of the data, and the relevant funding agency bear no responsibility for use of the data or for interpretations or inferences based upon such uses.
DDI Document ID
World Bank, Development Economics Data Group
The World Bank
Preparation of the metadata
Date of Metadata Production
DDI Document version
Version 01 (November 2013)