Vietnam High-Frequency Monitoring Survey of Covid-19 Impacts on Household Welfare and Household Business Activities


Since its initial outbreak in December 2019, COVID-19 has quickly spread across the world to become a pandemic and caused a global health crisis. Measures to contain the spread of a pandemic, such as social displacement, restrictions of movement, closure of schools and businesses, etc. have had great impacts on the economies of countries around the world.

The impact of the ongoing COVID-19 crisis is hard to predict, given the uncertainty surrounding its magnitude and duration. Thus, an ongoing monitoring of the impacts of COVID-19 on households and business is essential, especially for early detection of the negative impacts of COVID-19 on households with different characteristics regarding the income distribution, across geographies and different ethnic groups. This monitoring is crucial to timely inform the government and international agencies to take action in aiding households and business through the economic crisis triggered by COVID-19. Arising from this need, the World Bank has commissioned Mekong Development Institute to carry out a High Frequency Phone Survey (HFPS) to collect and provide data to the government and development partners in near real-time, thus supporting an evidence-based response to the crisis. The whole study consists of the following 7 rounds of data collection over a two-year period from 2020 to 2022.

Round  Sample size
Round 1: June 2020 6,300 households including follow-up off-farm interviews in up to 30% of the households
Round 2: August 2020 4,000 interviews including follow-up off-farm interviews in up to 30% of the households
Round 3: September 2020 4,000 interviews with an extension of 668 households in Da Nang, Quang Nam and Hai Duong (due to the second wave of COVID-19 that took place in July)
Round 4: January 2021 4,000 interviews
Round 5: March 2021 4,000 interviews
Round 6: December 2021 TBC
Round 7: March 2022 TBC


Main tasks:

  • Developing and finalising survey tools
  • Recruiting and training enumerators
  • Implementing data collection through phone
  • Data cleaning and quality control
  • Writing survey progress report


Learn more about the Project here.


6/2020 – 6/2022