The World Bank is interested in gauging the views of clients and partners who are either involved in development in Paraguay 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 Paraguay, 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 Paraguay. The World Bank commissioned an independent firm to oversee the logistics of this effort in Paraguay.
This survey was designed to achieve the following objectives:
- Assist the World Bank in gaining a better understanding of how stakeholders in Paraguay perceive the Bank;
· Obtain systematic feedback from stakeholders in Paraguay regarding:
· Their views regarding the general environment in Paraguay;
· Their overall attitudes toward the World Bank in Paraguay;
· Overall impressions of the World Bank's effectiveness and results, knowledge work and activities, and communication and information sharing in Paraguay; and
- Perceptions of the World Bank's future role in Paraguay.
- Use data to help inform Paraguay 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 Paraguay
Overall Attitudes toward the World Bank
World Bank Effectiveness and Results
The World Bank's Knowledge Work and Activities
Working with the World Bank
The Future Role of the World Bank in Paraguay
Communication and Information Sharing
Stakeholders of the World Bank in Paraguay
Producers and sponsors
Public Opinion Research Group
The World Bank Group
In May and June 2013, 260 stakeholders of the World Bank in Paraguay 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-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 152 stakeholders participated in the country survey (58% response rate).
The Questionnaire consists of 8 Sections:
A. General Issues Facing Paraguay:
Respondents were asked to indicate whether Paraguay is headed in the right direction, what they thought were the most important development priorities, which areas would contribute most to reducing poverty and generating economic growth in Paraguay, and how to best achieve "shared prosperity".
B. Overall Attitudes toward the World Bank:
Respondents were asked to rate their familiarity with and the effectiveness of the World Bank, Inter-American Development Bank, and Latin American Development Bank. Respondents were asked to rate Bank staff preparedness to help Paraguay solve its development challenges, their agreement with various statements regarding the Bank's work, the extent to which the Bank is an effective development partner, and that the Bank's services meet the national development needs of Paraguay. 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, and with which stakeholder groups the Bank should collaborate more.
C. World Bank Effectiveness and Results:
Respondents were asked to rate the extent to which the Bank's work helps achieve development results in Paraguay, the extent to which the Bank meets Paraguay's needs for knowledge services and financial instruments, and the Bank's level of effectiveness across eighteen development areas, such as social protection.
D. The World Bank's Knowledge Work and Activities:
Respondents were asked to indicate how frequently they consult Bank knowledge work and activities, the areas on which the Bank should focus its knowledge work and activities, and to rate the quality of the Bank's knowledge work and activities, 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:
Respondents were asked to rate their level of agreement with a series of statements regarding working with the Bank.
F. The Future Role of the World Bank in Paraguay:
Respondents were asked to rate how significant a role the Bank and international development cooperation should play in Paraguay's development in the near future and to what extent they believe the Bank has moved in the right direction over the last three years. Respondents were also asked to indicate what the Bank should do to make itself of greater value in Paraguay and which services the Bank should offer more of in Paraguay.
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 Internet access, 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 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 Paraguay, and geographic location.
Dates of Data Collection
Data Collection Notes
Respondents received questionnaires via courier and returned completed questionnaires similarly. Respondents were asked about: general issues facing Paraguay; their overall attitudes toward the World Bank; the World Bank's effectiveness and results; the World Bank's knowledge work and activities; working with the World Bank; the Bank's future role in Paraguay; and the Bank's communication and information sharing in Paraguay.
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the title of the survey (including country, acronym and year of implementation)
the survey reference number
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