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2018 Sierra Leone Integrated Household Survey Overview



This will be the third round of the Sierra Leone Integrated Household Surve (SLIHS).  Earlier rounds were conducted in 2003 and 2011.  Ideally, the SLIHS should be implemented every 3 years.  These surveys are the major source of data on poverty in Sierra Leone.


The SLIHS covers 684 census enumerations throughout the country, with 10 households in each EA interviewed.  The sample was selected to provide efficient estimates of poverty rates at the district level.  The sample covers 343 rural EAs and 341 urban EAs.

Questionnaire Content

The questionnaire collects comprehensive information on household expenditure/consumption as well as other socio-economic indicators.  Data on food consumption/expenditure will collected via a daily diary kept over a 20 day period.  Income data is collected from wage / salary earners, as well as estimates of revenues from businesses and agricultural activities.  Additional economic data is collected on financial services and transfers.  Additional social data is collected in the areas of health, education and housing.  Particular focus is paid to the impacts of the Ebola outbreak on disruptions to education and health care services (maternal and child) and their long term effects.

Organization of Fieldwork

There are 19 teams working over a 12-month period from January to December 2018.  Each team consists of three interviewers, a data entry clerk and a supervisor.  The team will cover three EAs per month, with one interviewer being responsible for one EA, and (in the rural areas) residing within the EA for the month.  As each questionnaire book is completed, it will be brought by the supervisor to the data entry clerk, who will enter it using a CSPro data entry application on a laptop.  The application will do extensive error reporting and the supervisor will revert to the interviewer / household to correct any errors / inconsistencies identified.  The teams will spend approximately three weeks in the EA, and then one week in the district headquarters.  Internet connectivity will be provided via cellular modems with wide coverage throughout the country.  Data is automatically uploaded / backed up whenever the data entry laptop is online.  In areas without coverage, data will be uploaded during the week the team is at the district headquarters.

Collaboration with the MICS

The 2018 SLIHS and the MICS-6 are cooperating on the selection of the sample of EAs and households so that over 5000 households will be covered as part of both surveys, and the data merge-able on the household and individual level.  The MICS covered 508 of the 684 EAs sampled for the SLIHS.  The MICS fieldwork was conducted between May and August 2017, prior to the start of the SLIHS.  In the shared EAs, the households for the SLIHS will be selected from those actually interviewed by the MICS teams.

Household Listing

For EAs not covered by the MICS, a listing / mapping of all households in the EA will be done by 6 household listing teams working from October to December 2017.  Ten target households and five replacement were be drawn at random from this listing.

Download SLIHS 2018 Questionnaires.......

>>SLIHS 2018 Questionnaire Book 1

>>SLIHS 2018 Questionnaire Book 2

>>SLIHS 2018 Questionnaire Book 3

>>SLIHS 2018 Questionnaire Book 4A

>>SLIHS 2018 Questionnaire Book 4B