At long last, The DHS Program has released two videos which demonstrate how to weight DHS data, concluding the Sampling and Weighting video series.
The first video in the series, Introduction to DHS Sampling Procedures, as well as the second
video, Introduction of Principles of DHS Sampling Weights, explained the basic concepts of sampling and weighting in The DHS Program surveys using the 2012 Tajikistan DHS survey as an example. Read our introductory blog post for more details.
In contrast, the third and fourth videos use an Example Practice Dataset, so viewers can practice weighting DHS data and replicate what is being shown in the videos while they are watching. The Example Practice Dataset was specifically created for DHS data users to have hands-on practice using DHS data in different statistical packages (Stata, SPSS and SAS) and does not represent the data of any actual country.
The third video, How to Weight DHS Data in Stata, explains which weight to use based on the unit of analysis, describes the steps of weighting DHS data in Stata and demonstrates both ways to weight DHS data in Stata (simple weighting and weighting that accounts for the complex survey design).
The fourth video, Demonstration on How to Weight DHS Data in SPSS and SAS, is the same as the third video, except it uses the statistical software packages SPSS and SAS instead of Stata.
After watching these videos, you will be able to answer the following questions:
- Which weights should I use for my analysis?
- What are the steps of weighting data in a statistical software package?
- How do I weight DHS data in Stata, SPSS or SAS?
- How do I account for the complex sample design when weighting in Stata, SPSS or SAS?
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