The geospatial covariate datasets link survey cluster locations to ancillary data - known as covariates – that contain data on topics including population, climate, and environmental factors. This allows individuals with limited Geographic Information Systems (GIS) experience to conduct geospatial statistical analysis without having to manually source and link these covariates to cluster locations. These covariates are extracted from freely available global datasets. The covariates are packaged as a zip and include a .csv data file and a data description PDF file that defines each of the included covariates. See the included documentation PDF for more information about how the data was extracted and the sources that were used. For information about earlier covariate dataset releases, see the First Edition or Second Edition of the documentation.


You will receive a zip file with data in the form of .csv in addition to other files. For more information go to our Methodology page.