Measuring reliably and comprehensively the unpaid household and care work traditionally performed by women — feeding the family and taking care of children, the elderly, the sick, and people with disabilities — has risen in prominence as a major challenge for official statistics.

Data2X’s new report, Invisible No More? A Methodology and Policy Review of How Time Use Surveys Measure Unpaid Work, reviews recent efforts using time use surveys, the preferred instrument for measuring unpaid work, to identify good practices for designing comparable, simple measures of unpaid household and care work and using this data for policy making. Volume 1 reviews the recent experience with time use surveys to derive methodological and policy lessons. Volume 2 features 18 country case studies that examine the roll-out of time use surveys and their influence on policy.

Read the full report, country case studies, executive summary, and policy brief below:

Country Case Studies

Africa and the Middle East

Latin America


Asia and the Caucasus