The World Bank is interested in gauging the views of clients and partners who are either involved in development in the Dominican Republic 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 the Dominican Republic, 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 the Dominican Republic. The World Bank commissioned an independent firm to oversee the logistics of this effort in the Dominican Republic.
This survey was designed to achieve the following objectives:
- Assist the World Bank in gaining a better understanding of how stakeholders in the Dominican Republic perceive the Bank;
- Obtain systematic feedback from stakeholders in the Dominican Republic regarding:
· Their views regarding the general environment in the Dominican Republic;
· Their overall attitudes toward the World Bank in the Dominican Republic;
· Overall impressions of the World Bank's effectiveness and results, knowledge and research, and communication and information sharing in the Dominican Republic; and
· Perceptions of the World Bank's future role in the Dominican Republic.
- Use data to help inform the Dominican Republic 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 the Dominican Republic
- Overall Attitudes toward the World Bank
- World Bank Effectiveness and Results
- The World Bank's Knowledge Work and Activities (i.e. Analysis, Studies, Research, Data Reports, Conferences)
- Working with the World Bank
- The Future Role of the World Bank in the Dominican Republic
- Communication and Information Sharing
- Background Information
Stakeholders of the World Bank in the Dominican Republic
Producers and sponsors
Public Opinion Research Group
The World Bank Group
In January 2013, 505 stakeholders of the World Bank in the Dominican Republic 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 Vice President; the office of a Minister; the office of the Congress; the judiciary branch; employees of a ministry, ministerial department, or implementation agency; local government officials or staff; independent government institutions; consultants/contractors working on World Bank-supported projects/programs; project management units (PMUs) overseeing implementation of a project; private sector organizations; private foundations; the financial sector/private banks; the media; NGOs; community-based organizations (CBOs); trade unions; faith-based groups; academia/research institutes/think tanks; bilateral agencies; and multilateral agencies.
A total of 275 stakeholders participated in the country survey (54%).
Dates of Data Collection
Data Collection Mode
Mail Questionnaire [mail]
Data Collection Notes
Respondents received questionnaires via courier and returned it accordingly or completed questionnaires with a representative of the fielding agency. Respondents were asked about: general issues facing the Dominican Republic, 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 the Dominican Republic, and the Bank's communication and information sharing.
The Questionnaire consists of 8 Sections:
A. General Issues facing the Dominican Republic:
Respondents were asked to indicate whether the Dominican Republic was headed in the right or wrong direction, the most important development priorities, and which areas would contribute most to reducing poverty and generating economic growth in the Dominican Republic.
B. Overall Attitudes toward the World Bank:
Respondents were asked to rate their familiarity with the World Bank, the Bank's effectiveness in the Dominican Republic, Bank staff preparedness, the extent to which the Bank should seek to influence the global development agenda, agreement with various statements regarding the Bank's work, and the extent to which the Bank is an effective development partner. Respondents were also 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 greatest weaknesses in its work, the most effective instruments in helping to reduce poverty in the Dominican Republic, with which groups the Bank should work more, and how they attribute slow or failed reform efforts.
C. World Bank Effectiveness and Results:
Respondents were asked to rate the Bank's level of effectiveness across thirty-two development areas, the extent to which the Bank's work helps achieve sustainable development results, and the extent to which the Bank meets the Dominican Republic's needs for financial instruments and knowledge services.
D. The World Bank's Knowledge Work and Activities (i.e., Analysis, Studies, Research, Data, Reports, Conferences):
Respondents were asked to indicate how frequently they consult Bank knowledge work and activities in the work they do, the areas on which the Bank should focus its knowledge work and activities, and to rate the effectiveness and quality of the Bank's knowledge work and activities, including how significant a contribution it makes to development results and its technical quality.
E. Working with the World Bank:
Respondents were asked to rate their agreement with a series of statements regarding working with the Bank, such as the Bank disbursing funds promptly.
F. The Future Role of the World Bank in the Dominican Republic:
Respondents were asked to rate how significant a role the Bank should play in the Dominican Republic's development in the near future and to indicate what the Bank should do to make itself of greater value.
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, their access to the Internet, and their usage and evaluation of the Bank's website. 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 to indicate 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 the Dominican Republic, 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)