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Next IPUMS-DHS Release [message #17630] Tue, 30 April 2019 15:22 Go to next message
Yawo is currently offline  Yawo
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I am interested in giving your website a try. But some of the data are not available. For example, Chad is not

Also, when do you plan to release the male DHS datasets?

Thanks, Yy
Re: Next IPUMS-DHS Release [message #17631 is a reply to message #17630] Tue, 30 April 2019 16:18 Go to previous messageGo to next message
mking is currently offline  mking
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We will release DHS data for men through IPUMS DHS by the end of May.

IPUMS DHS is created by a small research team with funding from the National Institutes of Health, and we are adding more samples and countries three times a year, as quickly as we can. I expect that all currently available public African standard DHS samples will be released through IPUMS DHS by early 2020. We are working on Chad data now. We are currently funded to harmonize standard DHS samples from Africa, the Middle East, and South Asia, and we will soon apply for additional funding to cover more regions of the world.

If the country or countries you need are not currently available, check back again.

Miriam King
IPUMS-DHS Project Manager
Re: Next IPUMS-DHS Release [message #17637 is a reply to message #17631] Wed, 01 May 2019 14:31 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Yawo is currently offline  Yawo
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Registered: February 2019
Thanks very much, Miriam: I understand your constraints and I am looking forward to your next release.

But I have a question about the appending process.

When I append multiple rounds/surveys, all my value labels are messed up. For example, the "region" variable seemed to include only the value labels from the last data appended. So, if country A has regions 1 2 3, and country B has regions 3 4 5, I would expect the appended data to include all 6 regions. But in my case, only regions 3 4 5 are populated.

Do you have any hints, strategies to synchronize the value labels, given your experience?

Than, Yawo
Re: Next IPUMS-DHS Release [message #17644 is a reply to message #17637] Wed, 01 May 2019 15:52 Go to previous message
kingx025 is currently offline  kingx025
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I suggest that you use IPUMS-DHS to avoid the frustration you experience when working with the original DHS files, with labels varying across samples. We recode the data from the original DHS files so that the same meaning is given the same code and label across samples, and you don't have to deal with the issue you describe.

For example, when you are working with multiple samples for a country, choose the "Integrated geography" variables from the drop down menu in IPUMS-DHS: _integ

This integrated region variable includes as many samples as possible and has consistent codes identifying areas with the same geographic footprint across all samples included for a country. There may be less detail than in the single sample region variables but there will be comparability in codes, labels, and meanings for the GEO_ integrated variables.

Our data harmonization is designed to insure that the same variable meaning has the same codes and labels across samples; that is why we integrate the data. We also release single-sample region variables for all samples, because they sometimes include more detail than is available in the integrated geographic variable, but most other variables are integrated across multiple sample years (and, apart from a few variables dealing with geography and ethnicty, across countries).

Miriam King
IPUMS-DHS Project Manager

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