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The SLRC survey

WHAT we do

The SLRC  survey is a unique global study exploring livelihoods, basic services and social protection in conflict-affected situations in 6 countries – DRC, Nepal, Pakistan, South Sudan, Sri Lanka and Uganda – over 6 years.

We are following 1,200 to 3,000 people in each country.

Through a unique cross-country panel survey, interspersed with in-depth interviews, group work and case studies, we are collecting a wealth of information not only about people's livelihoods, their access to and experience of basic services such as health and education, but also their views of governance actors, set against the environmental and social realities of their communities. We are interviewing the same individuals twice, and tracking them if they have moved by the time of the second wave.

The fact that we have 2-3 years between each interview means that we are also able to examine how the livelihoods and governance perceptions of people shift (or not) over time, the impact of additional shocks such as the Nepal earthquakes earlier this year, and help us understand what factors are most important in determining change.

We completed baseline fieldwork for the household survey in 2012 and have released country baseline survey reports, plus a synthesis of the country reports. In an effort to stimulate learning more broadly, a process paper involving reflections on the method, design and implementation of the surveys in conflict-afflicted situations is also available.

In 2015 SLRC successfully carried out the second round of the survey in five out of the original six countries (DRC, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Uganda). We expect to release preliminary findings in mid 2016.

Household Survey

At the heart of SLRC’s research is a survey on livelihoods and access to services, which also explores experiences, perceptions and expectations of the state and local governance. The survey consists of survey instrument that is administered to one individual within a household.

Our survey instruments consists of three main modules. The first contains information on households, their livelihoods, assets, food security and shocks they experienced. The household data we gather is similar to other cross-sectional datasets (such as the World Bank’s Living Standards Measurement Study). The second module looks at access to and experiences of basic services, social protection and livelihood assistance. The final module explores perceptions of governance and experiences of grievance mechanisms.

The survey is carried out by teams of local researchers, supported by members of the global team based at ODI, London, UK.

The household survey is complemented by in-depth qualitative longitudinal research.

Access our data

The SLRC datasets from the first round of the survey are publicly archived and available to download from the World Bank, along with the documentation and questionnaires for the baseline survey. For users in our study countries, they are also available on CD-Rom, on request from the Communications Manager at ODI.

We completed fieldwork for the Round 2 survey in late 2015 and preliminary findings will be released in mid 2016. Following data cleaning, we expect to archive the data in late 2016.

Access via the World Bank

The datasets have been assigned the following study numbers:

Sri Lanka:  http://microdata.worldbank.org/index.php/catalog/2254

Nepal:  http://microdata.worldbank.org/index.php/catalog/2257

Uganda:  http://microdata.worldbank.org/index.php/catalog/2256

DRC:  http://microdata.worldbank.org/index.php/catalog/2253

Pakistan:  http://microdata.worldbank.org/index.php/catalog/2255

The World Bank contains complete documentation relating to the survey, including:

  • The survey instruments for the first round
  • Country Research Programme Introduction
  • Selected working papers
  • Baseline Survey codebook


Using our data

Users are required to register and apply for a password with the World Bank and sign a confidentiality agreement before they can access the data. We also ask that users inform the World Bank and SLRC of any analysis or publications resulting from their work with the dataset. This helps us maintain an overview of how the data is being used, and is also required in our reporting to our funders. If you use the SLRC data in any publication, we would be grateful if you include the following acknowledgement:

‘The data used in this publication come from the Secure Livelihoods Research Consortium (SLRC), a 6-year study exploring livelihoods, basic services and social protection in Afghanistan, DRC, Nepal, Pakistan, Sierra Leone, South Sudan, Sri Lanka and Uganda (www.securelivelihoods.org). SLRC is funded by UK aid from the Department for International Development (DFID), Irish Aid and the EU. The views expressed here are those of the author(s). They are not necessarily those of SLRC, ODI, DFID or other funders.’

Protecting the confidentiality of our respondents and sites

As part of our ethical commitments, we have guaranteed to protect the anonymity and confidentiality of our study sites and respondents so we don’t make geographical identifiers available at at the lowest administrative level.

In rare and exceptional circumstances, matched data at a lower level may be released to external researchers if the following criteria are met:

  • the matched dataset has already been developed within SLRC
  • in the assessment of the SLRC Research Director, the analytical power of the data is substantially enhanced
  • the research question is of interest to the broader SLRC research programme
  • the Research Director is satisfied that there are adequate safeguards to ensure the anonymity of our respondents and sites is maintained.

Any such requests will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis after the potential user has submitted a research proposal. In all cases that are approved, the applicant will be required to sign an additional data release agreement. Please note that location identifiers will be removed prior to the release of any matched data.



Read our survey papers