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The DHS Program's in-house Research and Analysis team conducts rigorous, timely, and innovative mixed-methods research on topics related to global public health, demography, and social epidemiology. Our team also trains, mentors, and closely collaborates with fellow researchers and stakeholders who are driven to utilize DHS Program surveys and other survey data to inform programs and policies in various countries and contexts.
DHS Research Reports
Sep 2022Evaluation of Implausible Anthropometric Values by Data Collection Team in Demographic and Health Surveys 2010–2020
High quality anthropometry data is required to inform country and global decisions on nutrition policies and programs in low and middle-income countries.
Topics: Anthropometry/Biomarkers, Survey Methodology, Data Quality, Analysis
Sep 2022Equity in Effective Coverage of Antenatal and Sick Child Care
Countries are increasingly using measures of effective coverage to evaluate the performance of their health care system.
Topics: Child Health and Development, Health facilities/SPA surveys
Sep 2022The Relationship between Digital Access and Use and Health Outcomes: Evidence from Demographic and Health Surveys
Information and communication technologies (ICT) have become an integral part of people’s lives in most parts of the world, influencing politics, social interactions, economic systems and health for billions of people.
Topics: Adult Health Issues
Sep 2022Electrification and Refrigeration: Associations with Child Nutrition and Vaccination
Ensuring universal, equitable, and reliable access to electricity is a Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) for 2030.
Topics: Child Health and Development, Nutrition
Sep 2022The Gender Digital Divide: Evidence from Demographic and Health Surveys
Women may have less access to digital resources and use them less often than men; further, certain groups of women may be particularly disadvantaged in their use of digital technologies.
Sep 2022Modeling COVID-19 Related Indicators at the Second Subnational Administrative Level
The COVID-19 pandemic has been a major burden to global public health in recent years, and has caused substantial morbidity and mortality.
Aug 2022Urban Poverty and Child Health Indicators in Six African Countries with DHS Data
There has been a rapid growth in urban areas, especially in low- and middle-income countries.
Topics: Child Health and Development, Nutrition, Wealth/Socioeconomics
Aug 2022Collective Gender and Fertility Norms and Modern Contraceptive Use
Evidence shows that collective fertility and gender norms affect the use of contraceptives, especially women’s use of modern contraception.
Topics: Family Planning, Fertility and Fertility Preferences, Gender
Aug 2022Modeling Interviewer Effects in DHS Surveys
A previous DHS methodological report (MR24) examined the effects of interviewer characteristics on data quality in DHS surveys.
Topics: Survey Methodology, Data Quality, Analysis
Jun 2022Patterns of Reproductive Health among Women with Disabilities
Women with disabilities may experience disproportionately high unmet need for sexual and reproductive health services and face excessive barriers to accessing these services.