Data Quality Workshop 2017


DataFirst has been regularly hosting workshops since 2008 discussing data quality issues in South African national surveys.  The objective of these workshops has been to share information about what we know and don't know about progress on meeting the developmental challenges of South Africa since the end of apartheid.  In this year's event we will be focusing also on innovative measurement approaches.  DataFirst has been involved in an international partnership with the UK Data Archive, funded by the ESRC/NRF, looking at "Big Data" in the context of household energy.

Programme and Presentations

Thursday, 6 July

Welcome and Introduction

Session 1: Measurement of individual and household well-being
Steve Koch (University of Pretoria): Equivalence Scales in Urban Areas: An Update and an extension
Martin Wittenberg (University of Cape Town, DataFirst): Measurement and sampling in the Living Conditions Survey 2008/09
Emmanuel Bakirdjian (JPAL): Going beyond self-reported data: lessons from randomised evaluations in South Africa
Nilmini Herath (JPAL): "You have reached the voicemail of…": Lessons from surveying unemployed urban youth in South Africa
Phumudzo Madzivhandila (Statistics South Africa): The robustness of multidimensional poverty estimates for South Africa
Karabo Stephen Sebolai (Statistics South Africa): Comparing estimates derived from Imputation and Sampling/Design weight adjustment: Agricultural Survey, 2011 gross farming income by

Session 2: Access to household energy and household services
Wiebke Toussaint (University of Cape Town, Energy Research Centre): South Africa's Domestic Load Research Project
Tom Harris (University of Cape Town, DataFirst): Electricity connections and disconnections and the race between service roll-out and new household formation
Takwanisa Machemedze (University of Cape Town, DataFirst): Measuring rural electrification with satellite data
Tawanda Chingozha (University of Stellenbosch): Using Remote Sensing and Census Data to Estimate the Welfare and Migration Effects of Land Reform in Developing Countries: Evidence from Zimbabwe

Friday, 7 July

Session 3: New forms of data and innovative approaches to measurement
Louise Corti (UK Data Archive)/Martin Wittenberg (University of Cape Town, DataFirst): Smarter household energy data
Chris Park (UK Data Service): Data Quality: The elephant in the (big data) room
Grant Smith and Kathryn McDermott (JPAL / University of Cape Town): Using Municipal Administrative Data for the City of Cape Town for Social Science Research

Session 4: Labour market data
Andrew Kerr (University of Cape Town, DataFirst): The Standard errors of total employment in the QLFS
Andrew Kerr (University of Cape Town, DataFirst): QLFS earnings data quality

Discussion about future work


Read Andrew Kerr's report back on the workshop: Cape Town Data Quality Workshop: Measurement of Development Indicators.

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