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Techniques and Strategies for Survey Implementation in Developing Countries

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Techniques and Strategies for Survey Implementation in Developing Countries

Developing countries are an especially challenging environment for administering surveys, though survey data is usually the most important kind of information about the socio-economic conditions in these countries. In this short course, we will address these challenges, and provide solution strategies that have been successfully applied in various countries with a particular focus on the application of contemporary developments in survey methodology.

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19th June 2017 – 24th June 2017

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Course Leader

Diane Steele & Michael Wild
Course Description
  1. Introduction

Household and (small) Enterprise surveys are an important instrument to capture information about the socio-economic conditions in developing countries. They are used to capture information about the population in general, but also about certain subpopulation and the impact of social and economic policies on them. The latter is in particular important for the monitoring and evaluation of development policies.

Even though the conditions to plan and implement surveys in developing countries are still much different from those found in the developed world, academic programs focusing exclusively on survey implementation in these countries are rather scarce.

In addition new methodologies and technologies aiming on the improvement of data quality are now available. This is on one hand the use of Computer Assisted Personal Interviews, and on the other hand the resulting possibility of active survey management and responsive designs through real time monitoring by using the CAPI technology.

The following short course will focuses exclusively on conducting multi-topic household surveys in a developing countries with a particular focus on the application of new technologies.

The aim of this course is not to give an in depth introduction on each of the items mentioned in the curriculum bellow, but rather to provide as much insight for each component as required for the specific context.

To complete the strongly applied nature of the course, the course will also provide open source tools (written in R) and code examples for STATA.

 Target group

Project manager of development projects, Evaluation Experts, Survey manager, Statistician with a special focus on developing countries (UN/WB/IMF), Statisticians from development countries.

The main aim is to provide participants with the necessary knowledge, to carry out a survey in a developing country. This may be of interest for any person involved, from a proposal/tender writer to a survey manager.

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