Analysis of Research Department's Activities and the Work of the Bank: SIS - Social Information System

Oct 2001
The Social Information System (SIS) can be defined as a suitable database that uses primary statistics from ongoing household income surveys in member countries and from MECOVI. The primary objective of this study (RE-254) is to analyze the use of SIS by different Bank departments. The analysis draws on interviews and available information in order to determine the system's impact on the design of social projects that utilize such information, and to ascertain whether the SIS's present format has affected the way in which the Operations Departments plan their project preparation schedules. The principal issues examined in this short-term study are demand, relevance, comparative cost of obtaining similar information, and the complementarities of this information system with others supplying similar data.