DataFirst Open Data Portal

Theme: People Date Added: 2018-12-13

What is it?

The DataFirst Open Data portal gives researchers access to high-quality disaggregated data (microdata) from studies conducted in African countries.

Key Points

  • Microdata from over 400 studies
  • Detailed study descriptions and meta-data
  • From poverty, education and elections to telecommunications
  • Must register to access microdata and accept terms of use

Why is it Important?

By sharing study microdata, this portal helps to increase data reuse and uptake in government planning, and enables peer verification of research data.

How can it be accessed and used?

The DataFirst catalogue supports browsing and searching for specific studies or datasets. In each dataset the following information is provided:

  • Documentation on the questionnaires, technical documents and reports that describe the survey process and the key results for this study.
  • Study description including country, study type, changes to the dataset, geographic coverage, data collection universe, producers and funders.
  • Data description including variable names and labels.
  • Microdata access, after registering and accepting the terms of use.
  • Related publications using the data.

South Africa - National Income Dynamics Study 2017, Wave 5 (zaf-saldru-nids-2017-v1.0.0)

Location: South Africa
Format: DTA
Year: 2017Last Checked:None
Online: Access URL
File Names:
  • w5_a_gen: b2 - Gender
  • w5_h_rntpay: d6 - Amount paid for rent on dwelling each month
  • w5_h_watsrc: d24 - Household's main water source

South Africa - SNAP Survey of Ordinary Schools 1997-2016

Location: South Africa
Year: 2016Last Checked:None
Online: Access URL
File Names:
  • stafftype: Staff type
  • gender: Gender
  • remuneration: Remuneration
  • statistics
  • research
  • transport
  • energy
  • income
  • employment
  • telecommunications
  • water
  • performance
  • service delivery
  • monitoring
  • education
  • schools
  • health
  • social services
  • migration
  • housing

Resource contact name:DataFirst

Creation or start date:2018-12-13

Resource contact updated at:2018-12-14

Spatial coverage  South Africa

Where else has the resource been used?

Year Project Name::
2018 Welfare measures and the composition of the bottom decile: The example of gender and extreme poverty in South Africa
2016 Principal leadership changes and their consequences for school performance in South Africa
2015 The effect of non-personnel resources on educational outcomes: Evidence from South Africa