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Because this micronutrient survey manual focuses on the standard micronutrient survey design (a multi-stage cluster survey with or without stratification), this module focuses on processing and analysing data from surveys with this design. In specific situations, such as a survey in a refugee camp, where the simple random sampling (SRS) method is selected, analysis should be conducted using SRS-specific procedures. This usually means that there is no need to apply survey weights or a stratum or cluster variable when running frequency tables and generating mean estimates.

Analyses of micronutrient survey data should be conducted using software that accounts for multi-stage complex survey design with stratification. Such software includes Epi Info , SAS version 8.0 or later, SPSS with the optional SPSS Complex Samples module, Stata, Sudaan, and R.