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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
Jul 2021Comparing Ideal and Completed Family Size: A Focus on Women in Low-and Middle-Income Countries with Unrealized Fertility
The study of fertility preferences in relation to the number of children is important for understanding the factors that contribute to fertility levels.
Topics: Fertility and Fertility Preferences, Wealth/Socioeconomics
Sep 2020Household Wealth Relative to Community Wealth: Associations with Specific Asset Ownership and Maternal and Child Health Indicators
This report describes inequalities in asset ownership and maternal and child health indicator coverage in 11 countries, using the most recent Demographic and Health surveys from each country.
Topics: Child Health and Development, Maternal Health, Wealth/Socioeconomics
Sep 2020Typologies and Trajectories: A Descriptive Study of Men's Reproductive Life Course
There is little research on the implications of family formation patterns for individual outcomes and life course trajectories of men.
Sep 2020Data Quality in Demographic and Health Surveys That Used Long and Short Questionnaires
Since the first phase of The DHS Program in 1984, DHS surveys have increased in scope and complexity as questionnaires are lengthened and survey modules are added.
Sep 2020Geospatial Covariates: Proxies for Mapping Urban-Related Indicators
The enumeration areas selected by The DHS Program are classified as either rural or urban.
Topics: Geographic Information
Aug 2020The Sensitivity of Anthropometric Estimates to Errors in the Measurement of Height, Weight, and Age for Children Under Five in Population-Based Surveys
Height-for-age (HAZ), weight-for-age (WAZ), and weight-for-height (WHZ) scores for under-5 children are based on a transformation of height, weight, and age into three pairs of bivariate relationships.
Aug 2020Multilevel Modeling Using DHS Surveys: A Framework to Approximate Level-Weights
This report responds to the demand from The Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS) Program data users for sampling weights that correspond to each stage of sampling in DHS surveys.
Topics: Survey Methodology, Data Quality, Analysis
Aug 2020Proposal of a Quality of Care Index (QOCI)
As the use of health facilities along the continuum of care for women and children increases, focus must turn toward the provision of effective, high-quality care across services to end preventable maternal and child death.
Aug 2020Variations in Health Outcomes with Alternative Measures of Urbanicity, Using Demographic and Health Surveys 2013-18
The literature has firmly established the link between urban/rural place of residence and health indicators, and the association of poor health outcomes and health services in rural areas.
Topics: Child Health and Development, Family Planning, Geographic Information, Maternal Health, Nutrition, Wealth/Socioeconomics
Aug 2020Contraceptive Use, Method Mix, and Method Availability: A Multilevel Analysis
Access to a range of contraceptives affords women greater opportunity to find a method that meets their unique reproductive needs, possibly leading to greater diversity in the method mix and increased contraceptive use at population levels.
Topics: Family Planning, Health facilities/SPA surveys