Small Area Estimation

Better Data for More Effective Policies and Programmes

Publication Date: January 2020

Author: UNFPA

This brochure describes a method of Small Area Estimation that combines census and household survey data. It also presents a case study based on data from Nepal. The case study illustrates the use of census as well as demographic and health survey data to generate estimates of three family planning related indicators for Village Development Committees and Municipalities in rural and urban areas, respectively.

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