RESEARCH program


The PSRTI is guided by a comprehensive and integrated Research Agenda. The agenda is continuously updated to consider current and emerging needs of the Philippine Statistical System and carry out responsive and relevant research programs. The major thrusts of the current Research Agenda are:

  • Development or improvement of existing statistical concepts and definitions;
  • Development of methodologies and statistical techniques; and
  • Development of relevant indicators to address current and emerging needs of a particular sector, or PSS in general.


  • Improving the Philippine Sustainable Development Goals Indicator System
  • Exploring the use of alternative and innovative data sources in collecting data for official statistics and other official data of the Philippine Statistical System
  • Addressing the research needs of the Community-Based Monitoring System (CBMS)

completed research studies

See below for the PSRTI’s recently concluded research studies. Click the title to view the study abstract:

The Department of Information and Communications Technology commissioned the PSRTI in conducting the 2019 National Information and Communications Technology Household Survey (NICTHS). The NICTHS is the inaugural national household survey on Information and Communications Technology (ICT) in the Philippines that aims to bridge the gap from the lack of necessary ICT data by collecting baseline information on the access and usage of ICT infrastructures, products and services in the country.

The project focuses on the awareness, access, and usage of ICT at the community, household, and individual level. The sample consists of around 42,816 households across 2,940 barangays using the 2013 Master Sample of the Philippine Statistics Authority.

The data from this survey will be used mainly to describe the following:

  1. ICT infrastructure in the Community Level
  2. Household access to different ICT products and services
  3. Usage of the Internet and how it contributes to the digitization of economic activities
  4. Access to E-Government Services

This will serve as valuable information to support evidence-based policies and plans towards the improved implementation of ICT services in the succeeding years.

The PSRTI was commissioned by the Philippine Statistics Authority in conducting an audit survey that will evaluate the data quality of the results of the Family Income and Expenditure Survey (FIES) 2018. FIES is a nationwide survey of households undertaken every three years. It is the main source of data on family income and expenditure, which include among others, levels of consumption by item of expenditure as well as sources of income in cash and in kind.

The results of FIES are used for policy and planning purposes, thus examination of the quality of survey data is highly important. A sample of 8,913 households was selected and interviewed in the FIES 2018 round for the audit, using a 39-page audit questionnaire which was also developed purposely for the audit during field operations. The audit commenced in June 2018 until February 2019. It was spearheaded by Dr. Dennis S. Mapa and Prof. Michael Dominic Del Mundo of the UP Population Institute (UPPI).

Copies of any of our completed research studies are available by request. You may search for a specific research study on this link and await the Research Division’s response.

ongoing research studies

Below is the list of ongoing research studies being undertaken by the PSRTI. You may click the title to view the study abstract:

In November 2019, the Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS) requested the assistance of the Philippine Statistical Research and Training Institute (PSRTI) to conduct a follow-up survey entitled “Improving the Chances of Success of Poor Households through Better Beneficiary Sorting and Employment Facilitation in the Philippines”. The Follow-up Survey for Improving the Chances of Success of Poor Households through Better Beneficiary Sorting and Employment Facilitation in the Philippines aimed to collect household data on a sample of treated and controlled households which will be used for estimating the impact of the Seed Capital Fund (SCF). The survey was in line with the objective of measuring the impact of the SCF on the welfare of Pantawid households who received SCF assistance in 2018.

The study used a matching approach. Pantawid households that received SCF assistance unaccompanied by other SLP grants from January 2018 to June 2018 (treated households) were matched with Pantawid households that have never received any form of SLP assistance (control households).

The Agriculture and Fisheries Modernization Plan (AFMP) is a medium and long-term comprehensive plan that is to be implemented by the Department of Agriculture which will aid in developing the agriculture and fisheries sector of the Philippines. With this, the Department of Agriculture (DA) has formulated the Agriculture and Fisheries Modernization Plan 2018 – 2023 (AFMP 2018 – 2023). This plan contains the sector’s specific strategic direction towards food security, poverty alleviation and social equity, income enhancement and profitability, global competitiveness, and sustainability for the years 2018 to 2023.

With several goals and outcomes, monitoring the Plan’s performance and progress is vital to its success, of which data on the subjects are critical. Hence, the Department of Agriculture has decided to conduct a baseline study on AFMP 2018 – 2023 that will gather baseline information for the indicators before the intervention of the Plan implementation. This will serve as a reference to future measures post-plan implementation and will ultimately aid in the evaluation of the Plan’s progress and effectiveness in achieving its intended goals and outcomes.

  • Study on Poverty Estimation using Consumption Approach
  • Review of SDG Indicators on Health
    • 3.b.3 – Adequacy of medicines in health facilities
    • 3.c.1 – Health worker density and distribution
    • 3.d.1 – International Health Regulations (IHR) capacity and health emergency preparedness
  • Measurement of the Indicator on Agriculture and Fisheries
    • Indicator 2.4.1 – Proportion of agricultural area under productive and sustainable agriculture

thesis and dissertation grant program 2022

The Thesis and Dissertation Grant Program is part of the mandated services of the PSRTI designed to provide financial support to students taking up graduate programs in Statistics or other related courses to facilitate completion of their thesis. This assistance program is made available primarily to upgrade the overall quality of statistical manpower in the country.

The thesis grant gives priority to graduate students whose studies focus on the improvement of the Philippine Statistical System (PSS) such as those mentioned in the Philippine Development Plan and the Philippine Statistical Development Program.