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Working Papers
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Elkasabi, Mahmoud and Ren, Ruilin. 2020. Gridded population sampling and the Demographic and Health Surveys. DHS Working Papers No. 176. Rockville, Maryland, USA: ICF.
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September 2020
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This paper addresses gridded population sampling as opposed to the traditional procedures of sampling for population-based household surveys. The paper explores the possibility that gridded population datasets could replace the traditional census frames for sampling design. To evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of gridded population sampling designs, this paper contrasts the major sample selection steps and design features of gridded population sampling to traditional area probability sampling, and compares a sampling design for a Demographic and Health Survey (DHS) survey as an example of a traditional area sample design, with a gridded population sampling design for the same survey.


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