Statistical tool-market analysis and programmatic decision

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Applying statistical tools in market analyses and CVA programmatic decisions

23 Dec 2020, 4:33 p.m.

Emily Sloane

Hi Binod,

In my experience, the type of market analysis typically used for CVA programmatic decisions (often using tools like RAM, EMMA, 48 Hour Tool, MSMA Toolkit) is poorly suited for statistical analysis of any kind, for a couple main reasons:

* Sample sizes tend to be very small (and in some cases they are by definition small - e.g. there is often only a handful of wholesalers in any given market)

* The data gathered during these assessments is approximate, not precise. Many vendors in the types of markets we work in don't keep perfect record books and/or aren't willing to share them with unknown enumerators, even if they do. For this reason we often encourage people to ask for ranges of figures from vendors rather than exact numbers (e.g. I sell anywhere from 50-80 kg of maize flour per week instead of I sell an average of 68 kg of maize flour per week). Estimates and ranges don't lend themselves to statistical analysis.

The good news is that we seem to be able to get away with this sort of "good enough", unscientific analysis, in that it tends to be sufficient to inform the kinds of decisions we need to make for humanitarian programming. The EMMA Toolkit <https:"" file="" 447="" download?token="QFRt_6Ir">, especially the section on Market Analysis <https:"" sites="" default="" files="" bundle="" step8.pdf="">, has a pretty good explanation of how this can work.

I know that WFP often works with larger data sets than other NGOs do, so someone from WFP might have a different take on this.



23 Dec 2020, 1:55 p.m.

Binod Koirala

Dear D-Group,

I am exploring a possibility of applying statistical tools in market analyses and CVA programmatic decisions. My question is:

* Is there any experience of using bivariate (e.g. T-test/Chi-Square test) or multivariate tools (F-test, Z test etc) to support market analyses and programmatic decision? If yes, which one, and what significance level (or confidence interval)? Any further advice on analysis of variance or regression analysis would also be very useful.

Binod Koirala
Plan International

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