The World Bank is interested in gauging the views of clients and partners who are either involved in development in Sierra Leone or who observe activities related to social and economic development. The World Bank Country Assessment Survey is meant to give the World Bank's team that works in Sierra Leone, greater insight into how the Bank's work is perceived. This is one tool the World 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 Sierra Leone. The World Bank commissioned an independent firm to oversee the logistics of this effort in Sierra Leone.
The survey was designed to achieve the following objectives:
- Assist the World Bank in gaining a better understanding of how stakeholders in Sierra Leone perceive the Bank;
- Obtain systematic feedback from stakeholders in Sierra Leone regarding:
· Their views regarding the general environment in Sierra Leone;
· Their overall attitudes toward the World Bank in Sierra Leone;
· Overall impressions of the World Bank's effectiveness and results, knowledge work and activities, and communication and information sharing in Sierra Leone;
· Perceptions of the World Bank's future role in Sierra Leone.
- Use data to help inform Sierra Leone team's strategy.
Kind of Data
Sample survey data [ssd]
Unit of Analysis
The World Bank Country Assessment Survey covered the following topics:
A. General Issues Facing Sierra Leone
B. Overall Attitudes toward the World Bank
C. World Bank Effectiveness and Results
D. The World Bank's Knowledge
E. Working with the World Bank
F. The Future Role of the World Bank in Sierra Leone
G. Communication and Information Sharing
H. Background Information
Stakeholders of the World Bank in Sierra Leone
Producers and sponsors
Public Opinion Research Group
The World Bank Group
In March-April 2013, 600 stakeholders of the World Bank in Sierra Leone 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 the office of the President; the office of the Prime Minister; the office of a Minister; the office of a Parliamentarian; employees of a ministry, ministerial department, or implementation agency; consultants/ contractors working on World Bank-supported projects/programs; project management units (PMUs) overseeing implementation of a project; local government officials or staff; bilateral and multilateral agencies; private sector organizations; private foundations; the financial sector/private banks; NGOs; community-based organizations; the media; independent government institutions; trade unions; faith-based groups; academia/research institutes/think tanks; judiciary branches; and other organizations.
A total of 340 stakeholders participated in the survey (57% response rate).
Dates of Data Collection
Data Collection Mode
Mail Questionnaire [mail]
Data Collection Notes
Respondents completed questionnaires with a representative of the fielding agency. Respondents were asked about: general issues facing Sierra Leone; their overall attitudes toward the Bank; the World Bank's effectiveness and results; the Bank's knowledge work and activities; working with the World Bank; the Bank's future role in Sierra Leone; and the Bank's communication and information sharing in Sierra Leone.
The Questionnaire consists of 8 Sections:
A. General Issues Facing Sierra Leone:
Respondents were asked to indicate whether Sierra Leone is headed in the right direction, what they thought were the top three most important development priorities in the country, and which areas would contribute most to reducing poverty and generating economic growth in Sierra Leone.
B. Overall Attitudes toward the World Bank:
Respondents were asked to rate their familiarity with the World Bank, the Bank's effectiveness in Sierra Leone, Bank staff preparedness to help Sierra Leone solve its development challenges, their agreement with various statements regarding the Bank's work, and the extent to which the Bank is an effective development partner. Respondents were asked to indicate the sectoral areas on which it would be most productive for the Bank to focus its resources, the Bank's greatest values and weaknesses in its work, the most effective instruments in helping to reduce poverty in Sierra Leone, with which stakeholder groups the Bank should collaborate more, and to what reasons respondents attributed failed or slow reform efforts.
C. World Bank Effectiveness and Results:
Respondents were asked to rate the extent to which the Bank's work helps achieve development results in Sierra Leone, the extent to which the Bank meets Sierra Leone's needs for knowledge services and financial instruments, and the Bank's level of effectiveness across forty-two development areas, such as education, energy, agricultural development, job creation/employment, infrastructure, and others.
D. The World Bank's Knowledge:
Respondents were asked to indicate how frequently they consult Bank knowledge work/activities, the areas on which the Bank should focus its research efforts, and to rate the effectiveness and quality of the Bank's knowledge work/activities, including how significant of a contribution it makes to development results and its technical quality.
E. Working with the World Bank:
Respondents were asked to rate their level of agreement with a series of statements regarding working with the Bank, such as the World Bank's "Safeguard Policy" requirements being reasonable, the Bank imposing reasonable conditions on its lending, disbursing funds promptly, increasing Sierra Leone's institutional capacity, and providing effective implementation support. Respondents also were asked that to what extent they believed the Bank was adequately staffed in Sierra Leone.
F. The Future Role of the World Bank in Sierra Leone:
Respondents were asked to rate how significant a role the Bank should play in Sierra Leone's development in the near future and to indicate what the Bank should do to make itself of greater value. They were also asked about the effectiveness of the donors in their work to see through development results on the ground and the effectiveness of the Bank in helping forge regional economic integration.
G. Communication and Information Sharing:
Respondents were asked to indicate how they get information about economic and social development issues, how they prefer to receive information from the Bank, and their usage and evaluation of the Bank's websites. Respondents were asked about their awareness of the Bank's Access to Information policy, past information requests from the Bank, and their level of agreement that they use more data from the World Bank as a result of the Bank's Open Data policy. Respondents were also asked about their level of agreement that they know how to find information from the Bank and that the Bank is responsive to information requests.
H. Background Information:
Respondents were asked to indicate their current position, specialization, whether they professionally collaborate with the World Bank, their exposure to the Bank in Sierra Leone, and their geographic location.
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
Preparation of the metadata
Date of Metadata Production
DDI Document version
Version 01 (December 2013)