The World Bank Group is interested in gauging the views of clients and partners who are either involved in development in Colombia or who observe activities related to social and economic development. The World Bank Country Assessment Survey is meant to give the World Bank Group's team that works in Colombia, greater insight into how the Bank's work is perceived. This is one tool the World Bank Group uses to assess the views of its critical stakeholders. With this understanding, the World Bank Group hopes to develop more effective strategies, outreach and programs that support development in Colombia. The World Bank Group commissioned an independent firm to oversee the logistics of this effort in Colombia.
This survey was designed to achieve the following objectives:
- Assist the World Bank Group in gaining a better understanding of how stakeholders in Colombia perceive the Bank;
- Obtain systematic feedback from stakeholders in Colombia regarding:
· Their views regarding the general environment in Colombia;
· Their overall attitudes toward the World Bank Group in Colombia;
· Overall impressions of the World Bank Group's effectiveness and results, knowledge and convening services, and communication and information sharing in Colombia; and
· Perceptions of the World Bank Group's future role in Colombia.
- Use data to help inform Colombia 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 Colombia
- Overall Attitudes toward the World Bank Group (WBG):
- World Bank Group Effectiveness and Results
- The World Bank Group's Knowledge and Convening Services
- Working with the World Bank Group
- The Future Role of the World Bank Group in Colombia
- Communication and Information Sharing
- Development Organizations in the Region
- Background Information
Stakeholders of the World Bank in Colombia
Producers and sponsors
Public Opinion Research Group
The World Bank Group
In May and June 2013, 665 stakeholders of the World Bank Group in Colombia 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 a Minister; the office of a Parliamentarian; employees of a ministry, ministerial department, or implementation agency; consultants/contractors working on World Bank Group-supported projects/programs; project management units (PMUs) overseeing implementation of a project; local government officials or staff; bilateral agencies; multilateral agencies; private sector organizations; private foundations; the financial sector/private banks; NGOs; community-based organizations (CBOs); the media; independent government institutions; trade unions; faith-based groups; academia/research institutes/think tanks; and the judiciary branch.
A total of 271 stakeholders participated in the country survey (41% response rate).
Dates of Data Collection
Data Collection Mode
Mail Questionnaire [mail]
Data Collection Notes
Respondents received questionnaires via courier and returned completed questionnaires similarly. Respondents were asked about: general issues facing Colombia; their overall attitudes toward the World Bank Group; the World Bank Group's effectiveness and results; the World Bank Group's knowledge and convening services; working with the World Bank Group; the World Bank Group's future role in Colombia; the World Bank Group's communication and information sharing in Colombia; and development organizations in the region.
The Questionnaire consists of 9 Sections:
A. General Issues Facing Colombia:
Respondents were asked to indicate whether Colombia is headed in the right direction, what they thought were the top three most important development priorities, which areas would contribute most to reducing poverty in Colombia, and how to best achieve "shared prosperity".
B. Overall Attitudes toward the World Bank Group (WBG):
Respondents were asked to rate their familiarity with the WBG and the IFC, the WBG's effectiveness in Colombia, the effectiveness of the WBG's collaboration, the WBG's staff preparedness to help Colombia solve its development challenges, their agreement with various statements regarding the WBG's work, and the extent to which the WBG is an effective development partner and the WBG's services meet the national development needs of Colombia. Respondents were also asked to indicate the sectoral areas on which it would be most productive for the WBG to focus its resources, the WBG's greatest weaknesses in its work, with which stakeholder groups the WBG should collaborate more, and to what reasons respondents attributed failed or slow reform efforts.
C. World Bank Group Effectiveness and Results:
Respondents were asked to rate the extent to which the WBG's work helps achieve development results in Colombia, the extent to which the WBG meets Colombia's needs for knowledge services and financial instruments, and the WBG's level of effectiveness across nine aspects of Colombia's national development plan.
D. The World Bank Group's Knowledge and Convening Services:
Respondents were asked to indicate how frequently they interact with the WBG on knowledge and convening services and to rate the quality of the WBG's knowledge and convening services, including how significant of a contribution it makes to development results and its technical quality. Respondents were also asked if they consulted the most recent LAC Flagship Report and if so, to evaluate it.
E. Working with the World Bank Group:
Respondents were asked to rate their level of agreement with a series of statements regarding working with the WBG, such as working with the World Bank Group increasing Colombia's institutional capacity.
F. The Future Role of the World Bank Group in Colombia:
Respondents were asked to rate to what extent the World Bank has moved in the right direction in the last three years, how significant a role the WBG and international development corporation should play in Colombia's development in the near future, and how significant a role the IFC should play in helping Colombia achieve its goals in the future. Respondents were also asked to indicate what the WBG should do to make itself of greater value in Colombia and which services the WBG should offer more of in Colombia.
G. Communication and Information Sharing:
Respondents were asked to indicate how they get information about development issues, how they prefer to receive information from the WBG, and their usage and evaluation of the WBG's website. Respondents were asked about their awareness of the WBG's Access to Information policy, past information requests, and their level of agreement that they use more data from the WBG than a few years ago. Respondents were also asked about their level of agreement that they know how to find information from the WBG and that the WBG is responsive to information requests.
H. Development Organizations in the Region:
Respondents were asked to rate their familiarity and impressions of effectiveness with the Inter-American Development Bank and Latin American Development Bank.
I. Background Information:
Respondents were asked to indicate their current position, specialization, whether they professionally collaborate with the WBG, whether they are an IFC client, their exposure to the WBG in Colombia, which WBG agencies they work with, and geographic location.
Public Opinion Research Group
The World Bank
The World Bank Microdata Library
The World Bank
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- 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
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DDI Document ID
World Bank, Development Economics Data Group
Preparation of the metadata
Date of Metadata Production
DDI Document version
Version 01 (December 2013)