Macedonia, FYR - STEP Skills Measurement Household Survey 2013 (Wave 2)

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The STEP (Skills Toward Employment and Productivity) Measurement program is the first ever initiative to generate internationally comparable data on skills available in developing countries. The program implements standardized surveys to gather information on the supply and distribution of skills and the demand for skills in labor market of low-income countries. The uniquely-designed Household Survey includes modules that measure the cognitive skills (reading, writing and numeracy), socio-emotional skills (personality, behavior and preferences) and job-specific skills (subset of transversal skills with direct job relevance) of a representative sample of adults aged 15 to 64 living in urban areas, whether they work or not. The cognitive skills module also incorporates a direct assessment of reading literacy based on the Survey of Adults Skills instruments. Modules also gather information about family, health and language.

Type: 
Microdata
Acronym: 
STEP-HH 2013
Languages Supported: 
English
Topics: 
Topic not specified
Geographical Coverage: 
North Macedonia
Release Date: 
March 22, 2016

Last Updated

Last Updated: 
March 22, 2016

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Harvest System ID: 
Microdata

Harvest Source ID

Harvest Source ID: 
8718
Version Description: 
Version 01, edited anonymous datasets for public distribution.
Funding Name, Abbreviation, Role: 
Multi-Donor Trust Fund Labor Markets, Job Creation and Economic Growth; Bank Netherlands Partnership Program
Study Type: 
Other Household Survey
Unit of Analysis: 
The units of analysis are the individual respondents and households. A household roster is undertaken at the start of the survey and the individual respondent is randomly selected among all household members 18 (in Macedonia case) to 64 years old (included). The random selection process was designed by the STEP team and compliance with the procedure is carefully monitored during fieldwork.
Primary Investigator Name, Affiliation: 
World Bank
Sampling Procedure: 
Stratified 3-stage sample design was implemented in Macedonia, FYR. The stratification objective was to obtain an approximately proportional sample from two ethnic groups, Macedonian and Albanian. To meet this objective, the sample was stratified by seven ethnic groups based on the proportion of Macedonian voters in each primary sampling unit (PSU). The primary sample unit (PSU) was an electoral polling station. The sample frame was a list of 1,280 electoral polling stations, which was updated at the time of the 2011 Elections in Macedonia. The first stage units were selected by a World Bank survey methodologist. The sampling objective was to select 289 PSUs, comprised of 268 initial PSUs and 21 reserve PSUs. Although 289 PSUs were selected, only 268 PSUs were activated; none of the 21 reserve PSUs was activated during data collection. The PSUs were selected using a systematic probability proportional to size (PPS) sampling method, where the measure of size was the number of registered voters aged 18 to 64 in a PSU. Each PSU was uniquely defined by the sample frame variable 'PSUsmpID'. The second stage sample unit (SSU) is a household. The sampling objective was to obtain interviews at 15 households within each selected PSU. A Macedonian survey firm conducted field listing within each selected PSU. The survey team expected the non-response rate to be in the range of 30% to 50%. In order to allow for a low response rate, a sample of 45 households was selected in each PSU using a systematic random method. The third stage sample unit was an individual 15-64 (inclusive) years old. The sampling objective was to select one individual with equal probability from each selected household. Total of 4,000 households in the initial sample were divided into Albanian strata (1,200) and Macedonian strata (2,800).
Response Rates: 
An overall response rate of 66.9% was achieved in the Macedonia STEP Household Survey. Table 18 in "STEP Weighting Procedures Summary, Macedonia, FYR" provides the response rate by stratum.
Questionnaires: 
The STEP survey instruments include: - The background questionnaire developed by the World Bank (WB) STEP team - Reading Literacy Assessment developed by Educational Testing Services (ETS). All countries adapted and translated both instruments following the STEP technical standards: two independent translators adapted and translated the STEP background questionnaire and Reading Literacy Assessment, while reconciliation was carried out by a third translator. The survey instruments were piloted as part of the survey pre-test. The background questionnaire covers such topics as respondents' demographic characteristics, dwelling characteristics, education and training, health, employment, job skill requirements, personality, behavior and preferences, language and family background. In Macedonia, the survey firm implemented a partial Literacy Assessment design. The partial assessment required each selected person to attempt to complete a General Booklet comprising Reading Components and a set of Core Literacy items. The background questionnaire, the structure of the Reading Literacy Assessment and Reading Literacy Data Codebook are provided in the document "Macedonia, FYR STEP Skills Measurement Survey Instruments", available in external resources.
Data Editing: 
STEP data management process: 1) Raw data is sent by the survey firm 2) The World Bank (WB) STEP team runs data checks on the background questionnaire data. Educational Testing Services (ETS) runs data checks on the Reading Literacy Assessment data. Comments and questions are sent back to the survey firm. 3) The survey firm reviews comments and questions. When a data entry error is identified, the survey firm corrects the data. 4) The WB STEP team and ETS check if the data files are clean. This might require additional iterations with the survey firm. 5) Once the data has been checked and cleaned, the WB STEP team computes the weights. Weights are computed by the STEP team to ensure consistency across sampling methodologies. 6) ETS scales the Reading Literacy Assessment data. 7) The WB STEP team merges the background questionnaire data with the Reading Literacy Assessment data and computes derived variables. Detailed information on data processing in STEP surveys is provided in "STEP Guidelines for Data Processing" document, available in external resources. The template do-file used by the STEP team to check raw background questionnaire data is provided as an external resource, too.
Time Periods: 
August, 2017

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Use of the dataset must be acknowledged using a citation which would include: - the Identification of the Primary Investigator - the title of the survey (including country, acronym and year of implementation) - the survey reference number - the source and date of download Example: World Bank. Macedonia, FYR STEP Skills Measurement Household Survey 2013 (Wave 2). Ref. MKD_2013_STEP-HH_v01_M. Dataset downloaded from [URL] on [date].

The STEP (Skills Toward Employment and Productivity) Measurement program is the first ever initiative to generate internationally comparable data on skills available in developing countries. The program implements standardized surveys to gather information on the supply and distribution of skills and the demand for skills in labor market of low-income countries. The uniquely-designed Household Survey includes modules that measure the cognitive skills (reading, writing and numeracy), socio-emotional skills (personality, behavior and preferences) and job-specific skills (subset of transversal skills with direct job relevance) of a representative sample of adults aged 15 to 64 living in urban areas, whether they work or not. The cognitive skills module also incorporates a direct assessment of reading literacy based on the Survey of Adults Skills instruments. Modules also gather information about family, health and language.

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STEP-HH 2013
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Response Rates: 
An overall response rate of 66.9% was achieved in the Macedonia STEP Household Survey. Table 18 in "STEP Weighting Procedures Summary, Macedonia, FYR" provides the response rate by stratum.
Time Periods: 
August, 2017
Primary Investigator Name, Affiliation: 
World Bank
Funding Name, Abbreviation, Role: 
Multi-Donor Trust Fund Labor Markets, Job Creation and Economic Growth; Bank Netherlands Partnership Program
Terms of Use: 
Version Description: 
Version 01, edited anonymous datasets for public distribution.
Unit of Analysis: 
The units of analysis are the individual respondents and households. A household roster is undertaken at the start of the survey and the individual respondent is randomly selected among all household members 18 (in Macedonia case) to 64 years old (included). The random selection process was designed by the STEP team and compliance with the procedure is carefully monitored during fieldwork.
Geographical Coverage: 
Data Classification of a Dataset: 
Sampling Procedure: 
Stratified 3-stage sample design was implemented in Macedonia, FYR. The stratification objective was to obtain an approximately proportional sample from two ethnic groups, Macedonian and Albanian. To meet this objective, the sample was stratified by seven ethnic groups based on the proportion of Macedonian voters in each primary sampling unit (PSU). The primary sample unit (PSU) was an electoral polling station. The sample frame was a list of 1,280 electoral polling stations, which was updated at the time of the 2011 Elections in Macedonia. The first stage units were selected by a World Bank survey methodologist. The sampling objective was to select 289 PSUs, comprised of 268 initial PSUs and 21 reserve PSUs. Although 289 PSUs were selected, only 268 PSUs were activated; none of the 21 reserve PSUs was activated during data collection. The PSUs were selected using a systematic probability proportional to size (PPS) sampling method, where the measure of size was the number of registered voters aged 18 to 64 in a PSU. Each PSU was uniquely defined by the sample frame variable 'PSUsmpID'. The second stage sample unit (SSU) is a household. The sampling objective was to obtain interviews at 15 households within each selected PSU. A Macedonian survey firm conducted field listing within each selected PSU. The survey team expected the non-response rate to be in the range of 30% to 50%. In order to allow for a low response rate, a sample of 45 households was selected in each PSU using a systematic random method. The third stage sample unit was an individual 15-64 (inclusive) years old. The sampling objective was to select one individual with equal probability from each selected household. Total of 4,000 households in the initial sample were divided into Albanian strata (1,200) and Macedonian strata (2,800).
Release Date: 
Tuesday, March 22, 2016
Last Updated Date: 
Tuesday, March 22, 2016
Questionnaires: 
The STEP survey instruments include: - The background questionnaire developed by the World Bank (WB) STEP team - Reading Literacy Assessment developed by Educational Testing Services (ETS). All countries adapted and translated both instruments following the STEP technical standards: two independent translators adapted and translated the STEP background questionnaire and Reading Literacy Assessment, while reconciliation was carried out by a third translator. The survey instruments were piloted as part of the survey pre-test. The background questionnaire covers such topics as respondents' demographic characteristics, dwelling characteristics, education and training, health, employment, job skill requirements, personality, behavior and preferences, language and family background. In Macedonia, the survey firm implemented a partial Literacy Assessment design. The partial assessment required each selected person to attempt to complete a General Booklet comprising Reading Components and a set of Core Literacy items. The background questionnaire, the structure of the Reading Literacy Assessment and Reading Literacy Data Codebook are provided in the document "Macedonia, FYR STEP Skills Measurement Survey Instruments", available in external resources.
Data Editing: 
STEP data management process: 1) Raw data is sent by the survey firm 2) The World Bank (WB) STEP team runs data checks on the background questionnaire data. Educational Testing Services (ETS) runs data checks on the Reading Literacy Assessment data. Comments and questions are sent back to the survey firm. 3) The survey firm reviews comments and questions. When a data entry error is identified, the survey firm corrects the data. 4) The WB STEP team and ETS check if the data files are clean. This might require additional iterations with the survey firm. 5) Once the data has been checked and cleaned, the WB STEP team computes the weights. Weights are computed by the STEP team to ensure consistency across sampling methodologies. 6) ETS scales the Reading Literacy Assessment data. 7) The WB STEP team merges the background questionnaire data with the Reading Literacy Assessment data and computes derived variables. Detailed information on data processing in STEP surveys is provided in "STEP Guidelines for Data Processing" document, available in external resources. The template do-file used by the STEP team to check raw background questionnaire data is provided as an external resource, too.
Harvest Source: 
Harvest System ID: 
8718
Citation Text: 
Use of the dataset must be acknowledged using a citation which would include: - the Identification of the Primary Investigator - the title of the survey (including country, acronym and year of implementation) - the survey reference number - the source and date of download Example: World Bank. Macedonia, FYR STEP Skills Measurement Household Survey 2013 (Wave 2). Ref. MKD_2013_STEP-HH_v01_M. Dataset downloaded from [URL] on [date].
Modified date: 
16882
Study Type: 
Other Household Survey
Primary Dataset: 
Yes
Mode of Data Collection: 

Face-to-face

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