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NFHS Raw Data requirement [message #26929] Mon, 29 May 2023 14:51 Go to next message
anjali911sharma is currently offline  anjali911sharma
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DHS generally provide data in standardised recoded format, but I need data in raw format so that I can take Indian specific categories from the questions where the respondents are asked to specify their caste. How can I get this?
Re: NFHS Raw Data requirement [message #26930 is a reply to message #26929] Mon, 29 May 2023 15:23 Go to previous messageGo to next message
fred.arnold@icf.com is currently offline  fred.arnold@icf.com
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At this point, the individual scheduled caste and scheduled tribe information from NFHS-5 is not yet available. Also, it is very difficult to analyze the individual scheduled caste and scheduled tribe data since the spelling of different castes and tribes in the questionnaire is often different from the official government spelling of those castes/tribes. The only information at this point is on whether the person belongs to a scheduled caste, scheduled tribe, OBC, or none of them, which is included in the recode files.
Re: NFHS Raw Data requirement [message #26931 is a reply to message #26930] Mon, 29 May 2023 15:27 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Thank you for your prompt response. May I know if the raw data is available for NFHS-4 or previous NFHS. From where can I get that?
Re: NFHS Raw Data requirement [message #26932 is a reply to message #26931] Mon, 29 May 2023 15:56 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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There's a separate file that includes scheduled caste and scheduled tribe information. However, to request the data you will need to contact Dr. K.S. James, the Director of the International Institute for Population Sciences in Mumbai, at ksjames@gmail.com or ksjames@iipsindia.ac.edu. You will need to describe in a couple of paragraphs exactly how you intend to use the NFHS-4 scheduled caste and scheduled tribe data. If Dr. James approves your request, he will inform the DHS Program and the scheduled caste/tribe data set can be released to you.
Re: NFHS Raw Data requirement [message #26933 is a reply to message #26932] Mon, 29 May 2023 16:00 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Thank you for this information. It is really helpful.
Re: NFHS Raw Data requirement [message #27021 is a reply to message #26933] Mon, 12 June 2023 13:53 Go to previous messageGo to next message
fdsouza is currently offline  fdsouza
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Hi Fred,

I am also using the caste variable, I was wondering if there was a ranking or ordering for the schedule caste, schedule tribe, obc, none of them and don't know variables. I am using them as an explanatory variable for birthweight in India.

Thanks in advance,
Fran
Re: NFHS Raw Data requirement [message #27022 is a reply to message #27021] Mon, 12 June 2023 14:10 Go to previous message
fred.arnold@icf.com is currently offline  fred.arnold@icf.com
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There is no ranking of the schedule caste, schedule tribe, OBC, none of them, and don't know variables. "None of them" could be a general caste in most cases, but that's not always the case. The respondent tells the interviewer which of the categories she/he belongs to, but we know that the respondent does not always give the official category as defined by the government. In some cases, higher caste members might say that they are SC, ST, or OBC even if they are not, since that may make them eligible for certain government programs. In addition, the official definition of SC, ST, or OBC varies by state, and even differs in some regions of a state.
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