Reusing IFAD Data to Understand Socio-ecological systems (REUSE): Are IFAD data suitable for investigating the relationships between rural livelihoods and environmental change?

Project Details


ESRC IAA International development NGO data call

Layman's description

The objective of the project is to explore household survey data collected by IFAD and examine if they are suitable for investigating the relationships between environment and development.
Since 2010 IFAD has collected household survey data to monitor and evaluate impacts of activities. The data includes three key aspects:
1. Household asset ownership as a proxy for wealth;
2. The length of the hunger season, and;
3. Child malnutrition.
Data collection has been rigorously designed for evaluating IFAD projects and contain GPS coordinates for households. Therefore, the data can be paired with geospatial data on environmental characteristics to form a rich dataset for studying socioecological systems. However, the surveys have been collected by several partner organisations in either a long or short form survey depending on individual project budgets. The implementation by multiple agencies could mean that, whilst the data are suitable for monitoring and evaluating IFAD project outcomes, they may not be suitable for reuse. Therefore, an investigation of the data structure and quality is needed before applications for larger grants can be submitted.
Effective start/end date1/06/1831/03/19


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