IPUMS-DHS Contextual Variables

Contextual variables overview

Contextual variables describe features of the physical and social environment of a small geographic area (5-10 kilometer radius) surrounding the location where a DHS respondent was interviewed. Contextual variables simplify analyzing how physical and social contexts shape the health and behavior of individuals.

Contextual variables download

IPUMS-DHS contextual variables can be requested and downloaded along with a users data extract (DHS registration required) or as flat .csv data files. The DHSID in the .csv files links the contextual variable to the DHS data.

Summary of all variables

A comprehensive table that lists all the contextual variables in IPUMS-DHS and provides summary information about each variable.