World Bank Contributing Catalogs

Development Impact Evaluation (DIME)

This catalog provides the development community with the impact evaluation microdata used to generate some of the outputs of the World Bank’s Development Impact Evaluation (DIME) Department. The data are provided publicly to foster the creation of new knowledge.

Fragility, Conflict and Violence

A repository of data, reproducible code, and analysis from multiple types and sources, intended to support analytical work for research and operations on issues related to forced displacement, food insecurity, and other aspects of fragility and conflict.

Global Financial Inclusion (Global Findex) Database

The Global Findex is the first public database of indicators that measures people's use of financial services across economies and over time. Based on over 150,000 interviews across more than 140 economies, the database can be used to develop a deeper understanding of how people save, borrow, make payments, and manage risk.

High-Frequency Phone Surveys

This collection includes high-frequency phone surveys, including but not limited to those for agricultural data collection, welfare monitoring, and understanding the impacts of shocks/crises, including extreme weather events, epidemics and pandemics, such as COVID-19. The surveys are produced by the World Bank.

Service Delivery Facility Surveys

The service facility survey catalog provides access to data along with accompanying survey documents from facility level surveys conducted by the World Bank. Service delivery surveys are tools to measure the effectiveness of basic services such as education, health, and water and sanitation, which are fundamental for social welfare, especially for the poor.

Service Delivery Indicators

Teachers and health workers are a country’s greatest asset in delivering education and health services. What they know, what they do, and the inputs they have to work with all determine the quality of services they provide. Service Delivery Indicators measure these three dimensions.

The STEP Skills Measurement Program

The World Bank’s STEP Skills Measurement Program (STEP) is the first ever initiative to measure skills in low and middle-income countries. It provides policy-relevant data to enable a better understanding of (i) skill requirements in the labor market, (ii) backward linkages between skills acquisition and educational achievement, personality, and social background, and (iii) forward linkages between skills acquisition and living standards, reductions in inequality and poverty, social inclusion, and economic growth.

The Strategic Impact Evaluation Fund (SIEF)

The World Bank’s Strategic Impact Evaluation Fund (SIEF) supports scientifically rigorous research that measures the impact of programs and policies to improve education, health, access to quality water and sanitation, and early childhood development in low and middle income countries. The SIEF data collection hosts the baseline, midline, and end line data of the evaluations it has funded since 2012, along with their meta-data.

The World Bank Group Country Opinion Survey Program (COS)

The World Bank Group Country Opinion Survey Program (COS) is an ongoing effort to systematically gauge and track the perceptions and views of the World Bank Group’s clients and partners across the globe, over time. The survey data provide the institution with more in-depth understanding of the views of stakeholders on issues related to the World Bank's work on the ground (how it operates, its relationships, and its knowledge) and other development related issues.

Development Research Microdata

This catalog provides the development community with research microdata used to generate some of the outputs of the World Bank Development Research Group. The Research Group, under the World Bank's Chief Economist Office, is the main research unit in the Bank.

Enterprise Surveys

Enterprise Surveys provide the world's most comprehensive company-level data in emerging markets and developing economies. The Enterprise Surveys collect information about the business environment, how it is perceived by individual firms, how it changes over time, and about the various constraints to firm performance and growth.

Impact Evaluation Surveys

This catalog provides access to datasets underlying impact evaluations conducted by the World Bank and other agencies to generate knowledge on the effectiveness of development policies and operations. Within the World Bank, this effort involves several thematic networks, regional units and the Development Research Group.

Living Standards Measurement Study (LSMS)

The LSMS is a research project that was initiated in 1980. It is a response to a perceived need for policy relevant data that would allow policy makers to move beyond simply measuring rates of unemployment, poverty and health care use, for example, to understanding the determinants of these observed social sector outcomes.

Migration and Remittances Surveys

A catalog of surveys conducted to improve our knowledge base on migration and remittances, and to provide rich and detailed information on the impact of migration and remittances at the household level. These datasets aim to increase our ability to maximize the socio-economic impact of migration and remittances.

External Contributing Catalogs


Afrobarometer is a pan-African, nonpartisan research network that has provided reliable data on African experiences and evaluations of democracy, governance, and quality of life since 1999. Data sets and analysis from nationally representative surveys in 38 African countries are accessible free of charge.

FAO - Food and Agriculture Microdata Catalog

The Food and Agriculture Microdata (FAM) Catalog provides an inventory of datasets collected through farm and household surveys which contain information related to food, agriculture, nutrition, forestry and all the other related domains relevant to <a href="">Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)</a> mandate. The catalog is populated by microdata sets that are collected directly by FAO as well as microdata sets whose collection are supported in some way by the FAO.

Global Health Data Exchange (GHDx), Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME)

The GHDx is a catalog and repository of the world's health and demographic data aiming to improve the discoverability and accessibility of health-related data. The GHDx is maintained by IHME, an independent global health research center at the University of Washington providing rigorous and comparable measurement of the world's health problems.

Integrated Public Use Microdata Series (IPUMS)

IPUMS provides census and survey data from around the world integrated across time and space. IPUMS integration and documentation makes it easy to study change, conduct comparative research, merge information across data types, and analyze individuals within family and community context. Data and services available free of charge.

MEASURE DHS: Demographic and Health Surveys

The Monitoring and Evaluation to Assess and Use Results Demographic and Health Surveys (MEASURE DHS) project has provided technical assistance to more than 260 surveys in over 90 countries. It disseminates nationally representative data on fertility, family planning, maternal and child health, gender, HIV/AIDS, malaria, and nutrition.

Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC)

The Open Data Catalog provides public access to high-value data generated, collected and held by the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC). These data are provided as part of MCC’s commitment to transparency and accountability, to improve access to development and aid data and expand the creative use of that data beyond the walls of government.

UNICEF Multiple Indicator Cluster Surveys (MICS)

UNICEF supports countries to collect data on the situation of children and women through the Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS) program. MICS is designed to collect statistically sound, internationally comparable data on child-related indicators.

United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR)

The UNHCR collection provides metadata for microdata hosted in the UNHCR Microdata Library. The UNHCR Microdata Library is a secure online data repository providing access to microdata containing information on forcibly displaced, stateless persons and their host communities. The UNHCR Microdata Library contains microdata collected directly by UNHCR or indirectly through its partners, but supported in some way by UNHCR. It also contains metadata on censuses, administrative data, and surveys regarding forcibly displaced and stateless persons made available by other entities and organizations, and provides direct access and/or links to access the corresponding microdata. It is continuously updated as new datasets from UNHCR and its partners become available, and as other organizations which collect relevant data submit datasets for dissemination through the UNHCR Microdata Library.

WHO’s Multi-Country Studies Programmes

The Multi-Country Studies (MCS) programme in the Department of Health Statistics and Information Systems at the World Health Organization (WHO) engages in primary data collection, analysis and dissemination in topical areas of health with a particular focus on Low and Middle Income countries.

DataFirst , University of Cape Town, South Africa

DataFirst is a research support unit at the University of Cape Town, South Africa, which operates a Research Data Centre and provides basic and advanced training in microdata managment and analysis. DataFirst is also an international web portal for South African census and survey data and all research output based on this data.