The World Bank Group Country Opinion Survey Program systematically measures and tracks the perceptions of the World Bank's clients, partners, and other stakeholders across the globe in client countries. The Public Opinion Research Group surveyed 29 countries in FY2012 (July 2011-June 2012), 41 countries in FY2013 (July 2012-June 2013), 42 countries in FY2014 (July 2013-June 2014), 35 countries in FY2015 (July 2014-June 2015), 45 countries in FY2016 (July 2015-June 2016), 35 countries in FY2017 (July 2016-June 2017), and 39 countries in FY2018 (July 2017-June 2018). In FY2019, surveys were conducted in 42 countries. Nearly all of the World Bank Group's client countries are surveyed in every three year cycle.
The Country Opinion Survey in Sri Lanka assists the World Bank Group (WBG) in gaining a better understanding of how stakeholders in Sri Lanka perceive the WBG. It provides the WBG with systematic feedback from national and local governments, multilateral/bilateral agencies, media, academia, the private sector, and civil society in Sri Lanka on 1) their views regarding the general environment in Sri Lanka; 2) their overall attitudes toward the WBG in Sri Lanka; 3) overall impressions of the WBG’s effectiveness and results, knowledge work and activities, and communication and information sharing in Sri Lanka; and 4) their perceptions of the WBG’s future role in Sri Lanka.
Kind of Data
Sample survey data [ssd]
Unit of Analysis
Stakeholders of the World Bank Group in Sri Lanka.
- v01: edited and anonymous data for public distribution.
The scope of the study includes:
- General Issues Facing Sri Lanka
- Overall Attitudes toward the World Bank Group
- World Bank Group’s Effectiveness and Results
- The World Bank Group’s Knowledge Work and Activities
- Working with the World Bank Group
- The Future Role of the World Bank Group in Sri Lanka
- Communication and Information Sharing
- Background Information
- Western Province
- Eastern Province
- Northern Province
- Southern Province
- North Western Province
- Central Province
- Uva Province
- Sabaragamuwa Province
- North Central Province
Opinion leaders from national and local governments, multilateral/bilateral agencies, media, academia, the private sector, and civil society.
Producers and sponsors
Public Opinion Research Group
World Bank Group
World Bank Group
Sri Lanka Country Team
World Bank Group
From June to August 2019, 613 stakeholders of the WBG in Sri Lanka were invited to provide their opinions on the WBG’s work in the country by participating in a Country Opinion Survey. Participants were drawn from the Office of the President, Prime Minister; office of a minister; office of a parliamentarian; ministries/ministerial departments/implementation agencies; Project Management Units (PMUs) overseeing implementation of WBG projects; consultants/ contractors working on WBG-supported projects/programs; local governments; bilateral and multilateral agencies; state-owned enterprises; independent government institutions; private foundations; NGOs and community based organizations; the media, private sector organizations; private financial sector organizations; faith-based groups; youth groups; academia/research institutes/think tanks; the judiciary branch; and other organizations.
The results in this year’s Country Survey were compared to those in the Country Survey conducted in FY’15 (response rate was 50%, N=302). Data were weighted to reach the same stakeholder composition in two years, which allows for year comparisons. Stakeholder groups which were not present in both fiscal years were not included in the comparison. Respondents who belonged to the “other” stakeholder category were not included either. As a result, mean ratings, percentages of respondents, and the total number of respondents in both years are slightly different from those of the original data reported in the FY’15 COS report and the non-weighted data presented in appendices A, B, C and E. For the weighted stakeholder breakdown and year comparison results, please refer to Appendix D (page 80) of the Sri Lanka Country Opinion Survey Report provided under the Documentation tab.
Dates of Data Collection
Data Collection Mode
Data Collection Notes
Respondents completed the the questionnaire with a representative from the local fielding agency, received the questionnaire via courier and returned it accordingly, or they received the questionnaires via online survey platform Qualtrics.
The Nielsen Company Lanka (Pvt) Ltd.
The questionnaire is structured and is available in English, Sinhala and Tamil.
Public use files, accessible to all.
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
Public Opinion Research Group (The World Bank Group). Sri Lanka - World Bank Group Country Survey (WBCS) 2019, Ref. LKA_2019_WBCS_v01_M. Dataset downloaded from [url] on [date].
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 interpretation or inferences based upon such uses.
World Bank 2020
DDI Document ID
Development Data Group
The World Bank Group
Documentation of the DDI
Date of Metadata Production
DDI Document version
Version 1 (February 2020)