The World Bank is interested in gauging the views of clients and partners who are either involved in development in Panama 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 Panama, 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 Panama. The World Bank commissioned an independent firm to oversee the logistics of this effort in Panama.
This survey was designed to achieve the following objectives:
- Assist the World Bank in gaining a better understanding of how stakeholders in Panama perceive the Bank;
- Obtain systematic feedback from stakeholders in Panama regarding:
· Their views regarding the general environment in Panama;
· Their overall attitudes toward the World Bank in Panama;
· Overall impressions of the World Bank's effectiveness and results, knowledge and research, and communication and information sharing in Panama; and
· Perceptions of the World Bank's future role in Panama.
- Use data to help inform the Panama 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 Panama
- Overall Attitudes toward the World Bank
- World Bank Effectiveness and Results
- The World Bank's Knowledge
- Working with the World Bank
- The Future Role of the World Bank in Panama
- Communication and Information Sharing
- Background Information
Stakeholders of the World Bank in Panama
Producers and sponsors
Public Opinion Research Group
The World Bank Group
From June to September 2013, 281 stakeholders of the World Bank in Panama were invited to provide their opinions on the Bank's work in the country by participating in a country survey. Participants in the survey were drawn from the office of the President/Minister, office of a parliamentarian, ministries, ministerial departments, or implementation agencies; consultants/ contractors working on World Bank-supported projects/programs; project management units (PMUs) overseeing implementation of a project; local governments; 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; academia/research institutes/think tanks; the judiciary branch; and other organizations.
A total of 51 stakeholders participated in the survey (18% response rate).
Dates of Data Collection
Data Collection Mode
Data Collection Notes
Respondents received and completed questionnaires online. Respondents were asked about: general issues facing Panama; 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 Panama; and the Bank's communication and information sharing in Panama.
The Questionnaire consists of 8 Sections:
A. General Issues facing Panama:
Respondents were asked to indicate whether Panama is headed in the right direction, what they thought were the top three development priorities in Panama, which areas would contribute most to reducing poverty and generating economic growth, and which best illustrates how the idea of "shared prosperity" would be achieved.
B. Overall Attitudes toward the World Bank:
Respondents were asked to rate their familiarity with the World Bank, Inter-American Development Bank, Latin American Development Bank, and the International Finance Corporation and their perceived effectiveness of these organizations in Panama. They were asked to rate the Bank staff's preparedness to help Panama 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 Bank's greatest values, the most effective instruments in helping to reduce poverty in Panama, 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, the extent to which the Bank meets Panama's needs for knowledge services and financial instruments, and the Bank's level of effectiveness across twenty-two development areas, such as quality of education/skills development, poverty reduction, anti-corruption, social inclusion, and water and sanitation.
D. The World Bank's Knowledge:
Respondents were asked to indicate how frequently they consult the World Bank knowledge work and 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 and 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 Panama's institutional capacity, and providing effective implementation support.
F. The Future Role of the World Bank in Panama:
Respondents were asked to rate how significant a role international cooperation and the World Bank should play respectively in Panama 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, and their usage and evaluation of the Bank's websites. Respondents were asked about their awareness of the Bank's Access to Information policy, and whether they used/had used the World Bank website. Respondents were also asked about their level of agreement that they use/consult World Bank data more often they did a few years ago, that they find the World Bank websites easy to navigate, that they know how to find information from the Bank, and that they find the information on the World Bank's websites useful.
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 Panama, and their 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
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