DHS at Work

The Parliament of Moldova, in response to the 2005 Moldova DHS, adopted a law in 2007 that aims at preventing and combating domestic violence. The 2005 DHS reported that 27% of women over age 15 have experienced physical violence in the home at least once. The DHS also debunked the myths that domestic violence in Moldova is primarily a rural phenomenon and that it occurs mostly among the poorest families. 

In fact, there is little difference between rural and urban areas, and while women from the poorest families are most likely to have experienced violence (33%), it is not uncommon among women from the wealthiest families (22%). 

UNICEF and the local NGO Gender-Centre welcomed the new law, which provides for legal protection of victims and the creation of rehabilitation centers and other support services.

Capacity Building

With each survey, The DHS Program improves the implementing agency and host-country counterparts’ capacity to collect, analyze, disseminate, and use DHS data. Mentoring takes places through this constant capacity building as The DHS Program staff assist in developing questionnaires, monitoring fieldwork, providing quality control, and helping with the creation of survey report documents.

The presence of DHS staff throughout the survey process allows for more formal training opportunities as well, such as training sessions for interviewers, field managers, data processors, and researchers. In addition, the supplies used during the survey (scales, biomarker supplies, GPS units, computers) remain in the country for future use.

Special Workshops

The DHS Program also runs workshops to train groups on using survey findings. Trainings may be topic-specific (e.g., gender, youth, family planning, HIV) or audience-specific (e.g. health care providers, policymakers, journalists). Specific workshops also focus on data users and provide them with the skills to conduct their own further analysis and tabulation of the datasets.

Examples of recent DHS workshops include the following:

  • In Kenya, GIS experts taught host-country counterparts how to use DHS geographical data, link it to their own GIS, and create maps of their data, leading to increased data use.
  • DHS staff worked with local counterparts in Nepal to analyze DHS datasets, write several publishable papers based on their results, and review implications of data for programs and policies.
  • The DHS Program data processing experts worked with the Uganda Ministry of Health to train staff to analyze Uganda DHS data.
  • TV, radio, and newspaper journalists in Ethiopia were trained to read DHS reports and tables and incorporate DHS data in their news stories.
  • A curriculum was developed to provide university faculty with the tools to introduce DHS data into their public health and demography courses.

Student Resources

The DHS Program also promotes data utilization and analysis for students of public health, demography, biostatistics, and other relevant fields. 

Check out our Student Resources page for details.