The Integrated Survey of Living Standards (ISLS) was introduced in Armenia in 1996, followed by the one in 1998-1999; thereafter, it has been conducted every year since 2001. Starting from 2004 the survey was renamed to The Integrated Living Conditions Survey (ILCS). This is the third ISLS in Armenia.
The Integrated Survey of Living Standards (ISLS), renamed in 2004 to Integrated Survey of Living Conditions Survey (ILCS) is conducted annually by the NSS National Statistical Service of the Republic of Armenia, formed the basis for monitoring living conditions in Armenia. The ILCS is a universally recognized best-practice survey for collecting data to inform about the living standards of households. The ILCS comprises comprehensive and valuable data on the welfare of households and separate individuals which gives the NSS an opportunity to provide the public with up to date information on the population's income, expenditures, the level of poverty and the other changes in living standards on an annual basis. Since 1996, when the survey was first implemented in Armenia, the National Statistical Service of the Republic of Armenia (NSS) with the assistance of the World Bank, USAID and other donor organizations, has been putting efforts to continuously improve the quality of data collected through household surveys, as well as to advance its own expertise in arriving at a more accurate assessment of poverty. These efforts have proven to be successful as the data collected through household surveys and the estimates of poverty based on such data became an important input in defining and monitoring the poverty reduction strategy, which is the responsibility of the Government.
The ILCS is conducted during the year with monthly rotation of households and settlements. The survey results serve primarily to assess the level of consumption-based poverty in Armenia. In 2004, the NSS implemented significant changes to improve the Integrated Living Conditions Survey and to update the poverty assessment methodology, which was used until 2008. With the technical assistance provided by the World Bank:
· the survey sample frame was updated using the 2001 Population Census frame
· the sample size was expanded to ensure representativeness of data by regions
· the ILCS questionnaire was revised to reflect economic and social changes between 1998/99 and 2003, as well as a comprehensive section on employment was added into the questionnaire
· the interviewers underwent a more profound training.
Kind of Data
Sample survey data [ssd]
Unit of Analysis
The scope of the Integrated Living Conditions Survey includes:
- List of Household Members
- Housing and Dwelling Conditions
- Food Production
- Monetary and Commodity Flows between Households
- Health (General) and Healthcare
- Subjective Assessment of Living Conditions
- Provision of Services
- Social Assistance
- Households as Employers for Service Personnel
- Household Monthly Consumption of Energy Resources
Migration & Remittances
Agriculture & Rural Development
Food (production, crisis)
Access to Finance
Producers and sponsors
National Statistical Service
The Republic of Armenia
Food Security Program of the European Commission
Millennium Challenge Account 2007-2011
During the 2001-2003 surveys two-stage random sample was used; the first stage covered the selection of settlements - cities and villages, while the second stage was focused on the selection of households in these settlements. The surveys were conducted on the principle of monthly rotation of households by clusters (sample units). In 2002 and 2003 the number of households was 387 with the sample covering 14 cities and 30 villages in 2002 and 17 cities and 20 villages in 2003. In 2001 the survey covered 19 urban and 28 rural areas with the sample size of 4,128 households.
Approximately 98 percent
Dates of Data Collection
Data Collection Mode
Upon the submission of questionnaires and diaries, five supervisors codified responses and exercised logical control, and, if needed, the questionnaire and diary were sent back through the interviewer to the household for clarification. After the entry of the data into the computer, data were cleaned and corrected. This created the database of information about 4037 households.
The interviews for the integrated household survey were conducted for 12 months by trained interviewers, with each interviewer conducting 8 interviews per month. In accordance with methods, each household was visited by the interviewer 4 times per month. This was done to ease the burden on respondents and help them complete the diary correctly.
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- the identification of the Primary Investigator (including country name)
- the full title of the survey and its acronym (when available), and the year(s) of implementation
- the survey reference number
- the source and date of download (for datasets disseminated online).
National Statistical Service of the Republic of Armenia, World Bank. Armenia Integrated Survey of Living Standards (ISLS) 2001, Ref. ARM_2001_ILCS_v01_M. Dataset downloaded from [URL] on [date].
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