Partnering with the Caucasus Research Resource Centers (CRRC), the South Caucasus team in the Poverty and Equity Global Practice at the World Bank conducted a series of COVID-19 Georgia High Frequency Survey to monitor the impact of COVID-19 on households in Georgia. The first wave was collected in Dec 2020, followed by wave 2 collected in Jan/Feb 2021, and the latest third wave completed in March 2021. The fourth wave – the last in the series – is expected to be released in summer 2021.
Having reliable, timely data on poverty and inequality is critical to assess the distributional impact of COVID-19 on households and to make near-real time evidence-based strategic decisions. Partnering with the Caucasus Research Resource Centers (CRRC), the South Caucasus team in the Poverty and Equity Global Practice at the World Bank conducted a series of COVID-19 Georgia High Frequency Survey to monitor the impact of COVID-19 on households in Georgia. This series is designed so that it also serves as the follow-up to the COVID-19 Monitor (waves 1-6) conducted between late April and early June 2020.
COVID-19 GHFSs allow one not only to monitor the COVID-19 impacts on the households but also capture the impact on poverty and a shift in households’ status from poor to non-poor due to COVID-19 pandemic. COVID-19 GHFS does not collect consumption data but collects poverty correlates, such as household’s demography, ownership of assets and access to services which could then be converted to poverty statistics using estimation models with relevant statistical modelling.
Kind of Data
Sample survey data [ssd]
Unit of Analysis
Household, Individual (adult over age 18)
Version 03: Edited, anonymized dataset for public distribution
Wave 1 data has been updated.
The Georgia COVID-19 High Frequency Survey (GHFS) 2020-21 covered the following topics:
- Household Identification (Wave 1, 2, 3)
- Household Demographics (Wave 1, 2, 3)
- Assets and Access to Internet (Wave 1, 2, 3)
- Prevalence of COVID-19 (Wave 1, 2, 3)
- Distance Learning (Wave 1, 2, 3)
- Employment Dynamics (Wave 1, 2, 3)
- Income (Wave 1, 2, 3)
- Food Security (Wave 1, 2, 3)
- Shocks and Coping Strategies (Wave 1, 2, 3)
- Vaccine (Wave 1, 2, 3)
- Remittances (Wave 2, 3)
- Perception (Wave 1, 2, 3)
National coverage, representative at the national-, rural/urban/Tbilisi-levels.
Producers and sponsors
Poverty and Equity Global Practice
The World Bank
Caucasus Research Resource Centers
The World Bank
The COVID-19 GHFS is based on phone-interviews with application of Computer Assisted Telephone Interviews (CATI) and random digit dialing (RDD). The sampling frame is representative of the national and rural/urban/Tbilisi population. Around 2000 valid interviews were concluded with response rates around 40% in each round.
Response rates were around 40%.
Census data was used to calculate poststratification weights for individuals and households. For individual level weights national data on adult population by settlement type (Capital Urban or Rural) , ethnicity (Georgian or other), age group (18-34, 35-54 and 55+), sex, and education (secondary or lower, vocational, and higher) were used. Census data on the average household size and number of households was used to calculate post stratification household weights.
Dates of Data Collection
Data Collection Mode
Computer Assisted Telephone Interview [cati]
Fieldwork personnel consisted of around 44 individuals in total (approximately 40 interviewers and 4 supervisors). Details are provided in the CRRC Fieldwork Report.
Data Collection Notes
See CRRC Fieldwork Reports.
Caucasus Research Resource Center
The Georgia COVID-19 High Frequency Survey (GHFS) 2020-21 questionnaires comprise of the following modules: 1 - Household Identification, 2 - Household Demographics, 3 - Assets and Access to Internet, 4 - Prevalence of COVID-19, 5 - Distance Learning, 6 - Employment Dynamics, 7 - Income, 8 - Food Security, 9 - Shocks and Coping Strategies, 10 - Vaccine, 11 - Perception. In waves 2 and 3, module on remittances was added.
Data cleaning was carried out to identify and, where possible, correct inconsistencies. In addition, open-ended questions with textual responses were recoded so that these answers matched numeric codes. With CATI, the cleaning process was straightforward: pre-programmed questionnaire forms helped to eliminate ambiguous codes from being entered in the dataset. Also, the form did not accept errors related to selecting more values than permitted in the questionnaire.
CRRC-Georgia conducted a back check of 10% of the interviews after the fieldwork. The back check fieldwork was conducted simultaneously with the fieldwork (wave 1 on December 23-25, 2020, wave 2 January 29 – February 2, 2021, and wave 3 on March 24 – 31, 2021). The backcheck fieldwork personnel consisted of 1 interviewer. The backcheck showed that interviews were conducted properly and only two of them were removed, one respondent was not eligible because of the age and one number was not registered.
Back check interviews were selected using RAND() function in excel one day before the fieldwork was over. In sum, 200 interviews were selected and checked.
Alan Fuchs Tarlovsky
Natsuko Kiso Nozaki
Public Use Files
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Poverty and Equity Global Practice, The World Bank. COVID-19 Georgia High Frequency Survey (GHFS) Wave 1-3, 2020-2021. Ref. GEO_2020_HFS_v02_M. Dataset downloaded from [URL] on [date
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Documentation of the Study
Date of Metadata Production
DDI Document version
Version 02 (June 2021). This is an update to the Georgia COVID-19 High Frequency Survey with the wave 2 and 3 datasets and documents.