The World Bank is interested in gauging the views of clients and partners who are either involved in development in Vietnam or who observe activities related to social and economic development. The World Bank Group Country Opinion Survey will give the Bank's team that works in Yemen, 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 stakeholders and to develop more effective strategies that support development in Yemen.
The survey was designed to achieve the following objectives:
- Assist the World Bank Group in gaining a better understanding of how stakeholders in Yemen perceive the World Bank Group;
- Obtain systematic feedback from stakeholders in Yemen regarding:
· Their views regarding the general environment in Yemen;
· Their overall attitudes toward the World Bank Group in Yemen;
· Overall impressions of the World Bank Group’s effectiveness and results, project/program related issues, knowledge work and activities, and communication and information sharing in Yemen; and
· Perceptions of the World Bank Group’s future role in Yemen.
- Use data to help inform Yemen country team’s strategy.
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Public Opinion Research Group
World Bank Group
World Bank Group
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From February to April 2014, stakeholders of the World Bank Group in Yemen were invited to provide their opinions on the WBG's assistance to the country by participating in a country survey. Paper questionnaires were sent to 100 potential respondents and online questionnaires were sent to 500 potential respondents. Of those, 41 paper questionnaires were completed (41% response rate) and 255 online questionnaires were completed (51% response rate). Potential respondents were initially contacted via email and completed questionnaires either with a representative of the fielding agency (paper questionnaires) or online.
Participants in the survey were drawn from among the office of the President or 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 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 469 questionnaires were completed (52% response rate).
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The questionnaire consists of 8 Sections:
A. General Issues Facing Yemen:
Respondents were asked to indicate whether Yemen 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, which areas would contribute most to generating economic growth, and what would best achieve "shared prosperity" in Yemen.
B. Overall Attitudes toward the World Bank Group:
Respondents were asked to rate their familiarity with the WBG, its effectiveness in Yemen, WBG staff preparedness, the effectiveness of its activities, to what extent it should provide capacity building support to certain groups, the importance and effectiveness of the WBG's current capacity building work, their agreement with various statements regarding the WBG's work, and the extent to which it is an effective development partner. 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 values and greatest weaknesses, its most effective instruments, with which stakeholder groups the WBG should collaborate more, if the WBG should have more or less of a local presence in Yemen, and to what they attributed slowed or failed reform efforts.
C. World Bank Group's Effectiveness and Results:
Respondents were asked to rate the extent to which the WBG's work helps achieve development results in Yemen, the extent to which the WBG meets Yemen's needs for knowledge services and financial instruments, the extent to which the WBG helps strengthen existing country systems, the extent to which the WBG's internal evaluation mechanisms hold it accountable for achieving results, and the importance of the WBG's involvement and the WBG's level of effectiveness across thirty-six development areas. Respondents were also asked to indicate if WBG decisions regarding its Yemen program were made primarily in country or at Headquarters.
D. The World Bank Group's Knowledge Work and Activities:
Respondents were asked to indicate how frequently they consult WBG knowledge work and to rate the quality of the WBG'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 the extent to which various aspects of the WBG's technical assistance work contribute to solving Yemen's development challenges, the extent to which the WBG is adequately staffed in Yemen, and their level of agreement with a series of statements regarding working with the WBG. Respondents were also asked to indicate if the WBG operates with too much risk.
F. The Future Role of the World Bank Group in Yemen:
Respondents were asked to indicate what the WBG should do to make itself of greater value in Yemen, which of its services the WBG should offer more of in Yemen, and which development areas would benefit most for the WBG playing a leading role versus other donors playing a leading role in Yemen.
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 WBG, their Internet access, and their usage and evaluation of the WBG's websites. Respondents were asked about their awareness of the WBG's Access to Information policy, past information requests from the WBG, and their level of agreement that they use more data from the World Bank Group as a result of the WBG's Open Data policy. Respondents were also asked to evaluate the WBG's information accessibility and responsiveness to information requests.
H. Background Information:
Respondents were asked to indicate their current position, specialization, whether they currently collaborate with the WBG, with which WBG agencies they work, their exposure to the WBG in Yemen, and their geographic location.
The questionnaire was prepared in English and Arabic.
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
Data collection locations
World Bank Group Microdata Library
Original archive where collection stored
World Bank Group Microdata Library
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