FLARE’s Livelihoods and Well-being Tool (LivWell) 


FLARE’s Livelihoods and Well-being tool (LivWell) provides a low-cost, convenient method for estimating the household livelihood and well-being impacts of projects, policies, and other forest-related interventions.

This tool consists of a survey instrument, a data visualization and analyses platform, and user manuals for organizations and enumerators. The LivWell Survey Instrument generates data on household demographics, income and expenditure, assets, credit and savings, household shocks and impacts, forest information, health and nutrition, and forest governance. This survey incorporates questions that are foundational to assessing well-being and are comparable with data collected from the following nationally representative surveys: Demographic Health Surveys (DHS), Living Standards Measurement Surveys (LSMS), and Multiple Indicator Cluster Surveys (MICS).

The tool is available for use by anyone. However, we strongly encourage users to REGISTER first. The benefits of registering include the ability to both contribute to and access a growing database of global livelihoods and wellbeing data. When you register, you will be assigned a project ID, and you will be asked if you are willing to make your data publicly available. Please note that project ID’s are country specific. If you will be using the tool in multiple countries you will need to register each one separately.

LivWell Tool Materials

1. Data collection tool

2. Data visualization tool

3. The organization manual provides information on designing a research effort using the LivWell toolset, including information on research design, sampling, the LivWell survey instrument, enumerator training, downloading the data, and using the visualization and analyses program.

4. The enumerator manual includes a detailed description of each question; a code book; instructions on how to use the survey; and serves as a reference [an abbreviated guide] for enumerators in the field.

5. The visualization platform user guide includes a detailed description of the platform function.

6. Codebook