PEP has launched a new service providing free public access to primary data collected as part of PEP projects. Published as PEP datasets, these are new and cutting-edge data sources from developing countries in Africa, Asia and South America. The datasets are from projects conducted between 2016 and 2020 and data from future projects will be published as they are completed.
“PEP is proud to be at the vanguard of efforts to support and make freely accessible innovative development data collected by researchers living and working in the countries of interest,” said John Cockburn, PEP’s Scientific Advisor.
PEP projects that use the Community-Based Monitoring System (CBMS) and experimental research (PIERI) methodologies require primary data collection. Local researchers using these methodologies collect primary data to fill existing data gaps and carry out impact evaluations in developing countries. These data are used as the research teams analyse key economic and social policy challenges from a local perspective.
The CBMS datasets contain household- and individual-level data. These were gathered through face-to-face interviews of households for poverty profiling and thematic studies in the project sites. The questionnaires were developed in consultation with national and local government representatives to generate information on multidimensional poverty indicators including education, health and nutrition, income and livelihood, employment, peace and order, housing, and access to programs.
The data from experimental projects come from impact evaluations conducted using Randomized Controlled Trials and Field Experiments. These projects include interventions related to youth employment, women’s empowerment, access to credit, and cash transfer programs.
PEP is publishing the data from these projects as we believe that research outputs should be made available to the public in an accessible, reusable, timely and complete manner (see PEP’s Open Access and Data Management Policy). The datasets are available under Creative Commons licensing.
Visit the PEP Datasets page to find out more and browse the available projects.