The study deals with organizational and technical considerations necessary in the design and implementation of data processing procedures or house household surveys, based on trends in data processing technology in the early 1980s. The manual attempts to identify the considerations involved in the choice of appropriate strategies so as to ensure timely processing of survey data and to enhance national capability in the area of data processing. It also provides a review of some commonly used software packages. Chapter 1. Introduction -- Chapter 2. Description of the processing task -- Chapter 3. Organization and operational control -- Chapter 4. Trends in data processing -- Chapter 5. Existing data processing situation in national statistical offices in developing countries -- Chapter 6. Building data processing capability -- Chapter 7. Concluding remarks -- Annex 1. A review of software packages for survey data processing -- Annex 2. Major sources of technical assistance and training in data processing.