The Welfare Monitoring Survey was conducted for the first time in 2009.
A module on employment monitoring, called the Monitoring of Employment Survey (MES), was added with the Welfare Monitoring Survey questionnaire. Usually, the Labor Force Survey (LFS) is the standard survey to provide the indicators on labor force characteristics, which is conducted in an interval of 3 to 4 years. The last LFS was conducted in 2005-2006 with 1,000 PSU's with a data collection panel of 12 months.
The objective of the Welfare Monitoring Survey was to collect some core welfare indicators for assessing the poverty situation of the country, excluding the income and expenditure dimension of poverty assessment. The indicators can be generated annually to measure the progress in poverty reduction strategy of the government.
The Monitoring of Employment Survey (MES) was designed to measure the indicators of employment on an annual basis. The indicators of employment were estimated to monitor the changes in the employment situation and the progress of poverty reduction in the country. The findings of MES can be used as benchmark indicators.
The main objectives of the MES were:
1. To standardize concepts, definitions and measurement techniques of labor force statistics by gender
2. To review the labor force dynamics of the country.
3. To identify key labor force indicators to be updated annually.
4. To develop the instrument/questionnaire for collecting employment data.
Kind of Data
Sample survey data [ssd]
The scope of the Welfare Monitoring Survey 2009 includes:
- Household and housing characteristics
- Population characteristics
- Health situation
- Self assessment of poverty
- Food security
- Clothing and footwear
- Crisis coping
- Credit and investment
- Participation in social organizations
- Women empowerment
- Recreation and leisure.
The scope of the Monitoring of Employment Survey 2009 includes:
The WMS and its module on MES was conducted in 700 PSUs which is a subset of 1,000 PSUs of Integrated Multi-Purpose Sample (IMPS) of Bangladesh. A sample of 20 households was drawn from each PSU which yielded 14,000 households.
A Stratified Two-Stage Cluster Sample Design was adopted for the MES 2009. Stratification was done in two ways. The first level stratification was done by locality: rural, urban and SMA. The second level stratification was done within each stratum by administrative disctrict. There are 64 sub-strata within the rural stratum, 61 sub-strata within the urban stratum (excluding Gazipur, Narayanganj, and Khulna districts where the urban districts are included in corresponding SMAs), and 6 sub-strata within the SMA stratum. Thus, for this survey the universe is divided into 3 strat and 131 sub-strata.
Refer to Technical Documents for details.
Dates of Data Collection
Welfare Monitoring Survey
Monitoring of Employment Survey
Data Collection Mode
700 enumerators and 120 supervisors. Senior officers of BBS were engaged for control and supervision of field work.
There was one supervisor for every five to six enumerators. They were selected from the experienced and efficient staff of the field offices of the Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics. The Upazila (sub-district) level officer supervised the work of enumerators and supervisors within the Upazila. In every district/region, one senior officer was assigned to supervise the work of the district/region. The senior officers from the HQ office and the consultants of Capacity Building of BBS Project visited the field and supervised the fieldwork.
Data Collection Notes
Two tiers training were imparted: for master trainers, and for supervisors and enumerators.
Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics
Ministry of Planning
A comprehensive questionnaire with 13 modules for Wellfare and one module for employment.
The dataset has been anonymized and is available as a Public Use Dataset. It is accessible to all for statistical and research purposes only, under the following terms and conditions:
1. The data and other materials will not be redistributed or sold to other individuals, institutions, or organizations without the written agreement of the Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics.
2. The data will be used for statistical and scientific research purposes only. They will be used solely for reporting of aggregated information, and not for investigation of specific individuals or organizations.
3. No attempt will be made to re-identify respondents, and no use will be made of the identity of any person or establishment discovered inadvertently. Any such discovery would immediately be reported to the Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics.
4. No attempt will be made to produce links among datasets provided by the Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics, or among data from the Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics and other datasets that could identify individuals or organizations.
5. Any books, articles, conference papers, theses, dissertations, reports, or other publications that employ data obtained from the Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics will cite the source of data in accordance with the Citation Requirement provided with each dataset.
6. An electronic copy of all reports and publications based on the requested data will be sent to the Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics.
The original collector of the data, the Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics, and the relevant funding agencies bear no responsibility for use of the data or for interpretations or inferences based upon such uses.
Use of the dataset must be acknowledged using a citation which would include:
- the Identification of the Primary Investigator
- the title of the survey (including acronym and year of implementation)
- the survey reference number
- the source and date of download
Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics. Bangladesh Welfare Monitoring Survey 2009. Dataset downloaded from <http://www.bbs.gov.bd/Home.aspx> on [date].
The user of the data acknowledges that the Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics, the International Household Survey Network, and The World Bank bear no responsibility for use of the data or for interpretations or inferences based upon such uses.
DDI Document ID
World Bank, Development Economics Data Group
Generation of DDI documentation
Accelerated Data Program, Asia
Generation of DDI documentation
Date of Metadata Production
DDI Document version
Version 2.0: (July 2011) This version adds/edits information to version 01_M, specifically on Study Description, literal/pre/post questions, category labels, and variable documentation (Statistics, Weights, Definitions).