The harmonized data set on health, created and published by the ERF, is a subset of Iraq Household Socio Economic Survey (IHSES) 2012. It was derived from the household, individual and health modules, collected in the context of the above mentioned survey. The sample was then used to create a harmonized health survey, comparable with the Iraq Household Socio Economic Survey (IHSES) 2007 micro data set.
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The Republic of Iraq was once considered a leader in household expenditure and income surveys. Its first was conducted in 1946, with follow-up surveys in 1954 and 1961. After the establishment of the Central Statistical Organization (CSO, the precursor to COSIT), household expenditure and income surveys were carried out every three to five years (in 1971/1972,1976, 1979, 1984/1985, 1988, and 1993), covering all Iraqi governorates (except the 1993 survey, which could not cover the three governorates in Kurdistan Region of Iraq-Sulaimaniya, Erbil, and Duhouk). At the beginning of July 2002, CSO began a socio-economic household survey for 2002/2003 that again excluded those in Kurdistan Region. The survey was designed for a full year, but CSO lost most of its survey questionnaires and the database because of the war and its aftermath. The only usable data were for the months of July, August, and September 2002.
With no complete household or expenditure surveys undertaken in more than 14 years, the Central Organization for Statistics and Information Technology (COSIT) and the Kurdistan Region Statistics Organization (KRSO) launched fieldwork on the Iraq Household Socio-Economic Survey (IHSES) on November 1, 2006. The survey was carried out over a full year, covering all governorates including those in Kurdistan Region.
The World Bank provided financial support in addition to technical consultation in defining project objectives, the questionnaire, sample design, and the output tables. The Bank also provided substantial technical support for capacity building of COSIT and KRSO staff involved in fieldwork implementation, preparation of data entry programs, and analysis of the survey indicators using the Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS).
The Iraqi side prepared the fieldwork implementation plan and mechanism; contributed to the questionnaire and sample design; selected the households; prepared and trained the fieldworkers; updated the lists and maps; and implemented the fieldwork, data entry, and results generation.
Iraq Household Socio Economic Survey (IHSES) constitutes the first component of the Poverty Reduction Strategy Project, which the Republic of Iraq is implementing in cooperation with the World Bank. The overall project consists of four components: (i) data collection (IHSES), (ii) poverty and inequality assessment, (iii) analysis of impact of proposed policies, and (iv) a poverty reduction strategy.