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Level of Confidence Measure 1.96 Describes the level of uncertainty in the sample mean or prevalence as an estimate of the population mean or prevalence. Recommended value: 1.96 (for 95% confidence level)
Margin of Error (MOE) 0.05 The expected half-width of the confidence interval. The smaller the margin of error, the larger the sample size needed. Recommended value: 0.05 (for small baseline levels, e.g. <.10, a smaller MOE of 0.02 or 0.01 is appropriate)
Baseline levels of the indicators 0.5 The estimated prevalence of the risk factors within the target population. Values closest to 50% are the most conservative. Recommended value: 0.5 if no previous data on population, else value closest to 0.5 from previous data
Design effect (Deff) 1.5 Describes the loss of sampling efficiency due to using a complex sample design. A value of 1.0 is appropriate for simple random samples.Recommended value: 1.5 (for most STEPS surveys)
Expected Response Rate 0.8 The anticipated response rate. Recommended value: enter response rate from previous national/subnational household surveys, else use 0.8 as an estimate
Number of age/sex Estimates 8 The number of age-sex groups for which estimates will be calculated. If age-sex estimates are desired for specific states/regions/island, multiply the number of age-sex groups by the number of states/regions/islands to attain the total number of estimates desired.

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