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In August 2016 WRCF conducted a Community Perceptions and Socio-Economic Survey (CPSES) to provide demographic, socio-economic, and perceptions data from the six coastal districts of Ghana’s Western Region where the foundation works.

The first objective of the survey is to reliably measure household poverty, income and employment, as well as citizen perceptions of political stability, oil, gas, and power industry operations, and local government.

The second objective of the survey is to better understand the needs of citizens in the six coastal districts, including identifying communities with poverty or food vulnerability, barriers to business, and perceptions of inequality. Information from the CPSES will be combined with other data to better inform development interventions in the Western Region.

The survey incorporates questions from several of long-running national surveys in Ghana, including Ghana Living Standards Survey (GLSS) modules on household expenditure on food, housing, household asset ownership, access to services including drinking water, and adequate toilet and electricity, and Afrobarometer survey questions on levels of community and political participation and perceptions of corruption. Adopting survey material from these surveys means that questions are already validated and data from the coastal districts can be compared with data for the Western Region and all of Ghana.