In 2009 UNICEF initiated a two stage Welfare Monitoring Survey (WMS). The first survey (Wave 1) was completed in 2009. Wave 2, almost identical in design to the first survey, was carried out in 2011. It covers a nationally representative sample of 4147 households across Georgia who had taken part in Wave one.
Prompted by the potential risk of deterioration of children's conditions in Georgia as a result of the crisis, UNICEF commissioned a nation-wide panel – Welfare Monitoring Survey in order to measure the impact of the global economic crisis on the welfare of the population of Georgia.
In 2009 United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) commissioned a nation-wide panel survey to measure the impact of the financial crisis on Georgian children and their families. The first round of the survey, conducted during May-July, explored core welfare indicators of households, including incomes, consumption, employment and livelihoods, housing, material and subjective well-being and access to utilities, social services and benefits. It also explored the strategies that households resort to in order to mitigate the risks posed by negative global developments.
The primary objectives of the survey are to provide an in-depth understanding of how the crisis impacts on Georgian children and their families and to inform policy decision-making process by identifying key priority challenges that require immediate policy responses.
This is the first round of the Welfare Monitoring Survey (WMS). WMS is a biennial longitudinal household survey covering all the government-controlled regions of Georgia.
Kind of Data
Sample survey data [ssd]
The scope of the study includes:
- Personal data of household members;
- Housing conditions;
- Household assets;
- Household income;
- Access to education;
- Access to health care;
- Access to social services;
- Household expenditures;
- Food consumption.
The survey covers the whole country of Georgia excluding territories outside the Georgian Government's control.
Cities and settlements
Producers and sponsors
United Nations Children's Fund
Social Policy Research Unit of the University of York
The survey target sample consisted of households that participated in Household Integrated Survey (HIS) conducted by the Georgian National Statistics Office (Geostat) in 2008. The HIS used two-stage clustering with stratification by region, settlement size and mountain or lowland location. Geostat generously provided the survey company with 6758 target addresses, the aim being to achieve interviews with approximately 6000 households. In the event, successful interviews were held in 4808 households, a response rate of 71 per cent. At 13 per cent of target addresses, no-one was at home and in 7 per cent interviews were refused.
Two weighting variables were developed, one for use with the 4808 households in which all parts of the survey were filled in and one for use with the 4646 households where only the main questionnaire was completed. The weights adjust the number of households to reflect the proportionate distribution between regions.
Dates of Data Collection
Data Collection Mode
Two types of survey tools, were used: a) a structured questionnaire for a face-to-face interview and b) a diary questionnaire to be completed by households in the week following the face-to-face interviews.
The questionnaires explore different dimensions of well-being of the Georgian population, incorporating questions about household assets, income and consumption, employment and livelihoods, food security, access to health, education and social services and household coping strategies.
ECA Team for Statistical Development
The use of the datasets must be acknowledged using a citation which would include:
- the identification of the Primary Investigator (including country name)
- the full title of the survey and its acronym (when available), and the year(s) of implementation
- the survey reference number
- the source and date of download (for datasets disseminated online)
United Nations Children's Fund; Social Policy Research Unit of the University of York. Georgia Welfare Monitoring Survey (WMS) 2009, Ref. GEO_2009_WMS_v01_M. Dataset downloaded from [URL] on [date].
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