ISR Awards

Ghana Panel Study

ISR has a Memorandum of Understanding with the Institute for Statistical, Social and Economic Research (ISSER) at the University of Ghana to promote collaborative research, training and capacity building in Ghana. The University of Ghana in collaboration with the Economic Growth Center at Yale University is undertaking the second wave of a comprehensive household survey of 5,000 households in 334 enumeration areas in Ghana. The principal objective of this project is gain insight into the medium- and long-term changes that take place during the process of development. These data will provide a foundation for the investigation of a large set of issues that have remained outside the scope of scientific analysis because of the short time frame and narrow methodological focus of most existing surveys in developing countries. The survey has been designed to remedy a major constraint in the understanding of development in low-income countries – the absence of detailed, multi-level and long-term scientific data that follows individuals over time and describes both the natural and built environment in which the individuals reside. ISR’s role in this project is to provide training and technical assistance to the staff at ISSER to implement the Ghana Panel Survey using state-of-the-art computer assisted data collection technologies and quality control methodologies. This training and technical assistance will allow ISSER to develop capacity to update all its data collection operations using these methods and technologies.