Following the outbreak of COVID-19 and lockdown measures introduced in Mauritius, Statistics Mauritius suspended all field activities involving face-to-face data collection. To monitor the socioeconomic effects of the pandemic on Mauritian households, Statistics Mauritius and the World Bank launched three rounds of a household telephone survey, the Rapid Continuous Multi-Purpose Household Surveys, from May to July 2020. The three survey rounds captured key information that was representative at the national level. The data were collected by a professional survey company using the computer-assisted telephone interviewing technology. The observation unit was the household head or a knowledgeable household member, except in the employment module (module 2), wherein household members were asked to respond individually to the extent they were available to do so at the time of the interview; response by proxy was otherwise accepted.
Kind of Data
Sample survey data [ssd]
Unit of Analysis
Version 01: Edited, anonymized dataset for public distribution
Datasets in this version includes waves 1 to 3.
The Mauritius High-Frequency Phone Survey on COVID-19 covered the following topics:
- Household Identification
- Interview Information
- Household Roster
- Individual Employment
- Access to Basic Food and Services
- Food Security
- Household income
- Coping Strategy
- Safety Nets
- Interview result
Producers and sponsors
The World Bank
A Stratified two-stage sampling design is used. At the first stage, Primary Sampling Units (PSUs) are selected in proportion to square root of the total number of households in the geographical district and at the second stage a fixed number of households is selected from each selected PSU. The Relative Development Index (RDI) is used as the spatial stratification factor. This index is based on 12 variables encompassing housing and living conditions, literacy and education, and employment derived from the 2011 Housing and Population Census to rank PSUs. A set of RDIs for administrative regions has been published in the series "Economic and Social Indicators" - Issue No. 977. The second stage stratification criteria are community, household size and average monthly expenditure of the household.
Dates of Data Collection
Data Collection Mode
Computer Assisted Telephone Interview [cati]
Data Collection Notes
Telephone interviews of household members. The observation unit is the household head or a knowledgeable person, except for the employment module where each individual is asked to respond personally to the extent he is available to do so at the time of the interview (response by proxy is otherwise accepted).
The questionnaire comprises seven modules.
- Module 1 covers the general characteristics of the population.
- Module 2 solicits information about economic activities on every household member ages 16 to 64 not in full time education.
- Module 3 covers access to basic food and services including health and education.
- Module 4 captures information on food security.
- Module 5 covers information regarding changes in household income.
- Module 6 captures information regarding the type of strategies adopted by households to cope with shocks, and module 7 covers safety nets since the lockdown.
Disclaimer and copyrights
The user of the data acknowledges that the original collector of the data, the authorized distributor of the data, and the relevant funding agency bear no responsibility for use of the data or for interpretations or inferences based upon such uses.
DDI Document ID
Development Economics Data Group
The World Bank
Documentation of the DDI
Date of Metadata Production
DDI Document version
Version 01 (February 2021). The metadata contains information on wave 1 to 3 COVID-19 HFPS.