Category Archives: DHS-8 Questionnaire

10 Oct 2019

DHS-8 Questionnaires

The DHS Program is pleased to share our updated questionnaires for DHS-8. We held an open comment period in early 2019 and received over 1,000 pages of material from stakeholders worldwide. After careful consideration of each submission, we made numerous changes to better meet existing and emerging data needs in global health. We are especially excited to announce the shift from a birth history to a full pregnancy history and the addition of minimum dietary diversity for women.

We added 183 new questions across all health areas, revised existing questions to better measure current indicators, and deleted questions that were no longer programmatically relevant. We have also expanded into new areas, including alcohol consumption and breast and cervical cancer screening. Additional changes to DHS optional modules and a list of new modules will be announced later this year.

In addition to the updated questionnaires, a brief summary document was developed highlighting the revision process and new content included in the core questionnaires. Revisions were made to the majority of topics including, family planning, nutrition, gender, HIV, vaccination, and more.

Learn more about the DHS-8 questionnaire revisions by the numbers in the infographic below.

Visit The DHS Program to learn more about the standard model questionnaires for all types of surveys.


Featured photo: © 2017 Magali Rochat/VectorWorks, Courtesy of Photoshare

22 Jan 2019

Model Questionnaire Review Portal Now Open

© 2013 Gayduo, Liberia DHS Pretest

In collaboration with USAID, The DHS Program is in the process of reviewing the Model Questionnaires and optional modules used for The Program’s flagship Demographic and Health Surveys. The objective of this review is to revise these tools under the DHS-8 contract to better meet current and emerging data needs. We are seeking input on all of the DHS Model Questionnaires, optional special topic questionnaire modules, and biomarkers that are currently in use by The DHS Program. The last comprehensive review and revision of these tools took place in 2014.

Several changes were made to the Model Questionnaires in DHS-7 in response to comments received during the review process for that round of the project. For example, questions on vaccinations were revised in response to advances in childhood immunization programs, and questions were added on postnatal care for women and newborns, on ownership of title or deed to dwelling and land, and on smoking. 

We have developed two standard forms for requesting changes:

  • Template for Requests for Revisions to the DHS Model Questionnaires, Optional Modules, and Biomarkers for DHS-8
  • Template for Suggested Deletions to the DHS-7 Model Questionnaires and Optional Modules

These forms along with a set of instructions for requesting changes to The DHS Program core questionnaires, optional modules, and biomarkers are now available on the DHS-8 Questionnaire Review Portal section of the DHS User Forum. The portal is now open for submissions. We look forward to receiving your input.

Visit the DHS-8 Questionnaire Review Portal

The Questionnaire Review Portal will be open until March 15. 

Please contact dhsqre@dhsprogram.com if you have questions about the DHS-8 questionnaire review process.

The information provided on this Web site is not official U.S. Government information and does not represent the views or positions of the U.S. Agency for International Development or the U.S. Government.

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