Survey Types

DHS supports a range of data collection options that can be tailored to fit specific monitoring and evaluation needs of countries. 

Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS)
Provide data for a wide range of monitoring and impact evaluation indicators in the areas of population, health, and nutrition.

AIDS Indicator Surveys (AIS)
Provide countries with a standardized tool to obtain indicators for the effective monitoring of national HIV/AIDS programs.

Service Provision Assessment (SPA) Surveys
Provide information about the characteristics of health facilities and services available in a country.

Malaria Indicator Surveys (MIS)
Provides data on bednet ownership and use, prevention of malaria during pregnancy, and prompt and effective treatment of fever in young children. In some cases, biomarker testing for malaria and anemia are also included.

Key Indicators Survey (KIS)
Provide monitoring and evaluation data for population and health activities in small areas—regions, districts, catchment areas—that may be targeted by an individual project.  KIS can also be used in nationally representative surveys.

Other Quantitative Surveys
Includes Benchmarking Surveys, KAP Surveys, Panel Surveys and other specialized surveys.

Qualitative Research
Provides informed answers to questions that lie outside the purview of standard quantitative approaches.