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Seminar on “Household Surveys in the Changing Data Landscape: Challenges, Opportunities and an Agenda for the Future”

February 20 2020

Are household surveys still relevant in the changing data landscape? And if so, are there new roles for that household surveys can play in this new data landscape in addition to the value they currently hold? How do we unleash the full potential of household surveys to add value to other data sources? What are the real opportunities and limitations of alternative data sources vis a vis household surveys? How do we improve the effectiveness of household surveys and their contribution to the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development?

Organized by the United Nations Statistics Division, in collaboration with the Inter-Secretariat Working Group on Household Surveys, the seminar provides a platform for national statistical offices, international organizations and the research community to debate and discuss strategies to realize the full potential of household surveys in this new environment. The seminar will help identify the way forward for further methodological development in household surveys, for scaling up innovative approaches in countries and for identifying capacity-building needs. The seminar will also explore and suggest practical ways to streamline and scale up those innovative approaches and do so equitably, with low-income countries benefiting in an equal manner.

The seminar consists of four sessions

  • Session 1. 10:00 – 11:30 am A New Role of Household Surveys in the SDG era
  • Session 2. 11:30am – 1:00 pm Adding Value to Household Surveys through Integration
  • Session 3. 3:00 – 4:30 pm Innovations in Household Surveys
  • Session 4. 4:30 – 6:00 pm Household surveys in a Changing Data Landscape: an Agenda for the Future


February 20 2020
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United Nations Headquarters
New York, United States


United Nations Statistical commission