Model Questionnaire Review Portal Now Open

Written by: The DHS Program

22 Jan, 2019

© 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 if you have questions about the DHS-8 questionnaire review process.


  • The Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS) Program has collected, analyzed, and disseminated accurate and representative data on population, health, HIV, and nutrition through more than 400 surveys in over 90 countries. The DHS Program is funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). Contributions from other donors, as well as funds from participating countries, also support surveys. The project is implemented by ICF.

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