Field Data Collection in Malawi
Maria Comanescu, IFPRI

Africa RISING–CSISA Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Meeting,
Addis...
Field data collection - Malawi
 Paper questionnaire – 25 sections.
 Contracted local company(in Zomba) with
ODK(CAPI) ex...
Paper rooms
CAPI Schema with SurveyCTO
Adapt questionnaire options
 The
questionnaire
was
translated
and backtranslated
Measurement scales
 The enumerators
carried height and
weight measuring
scales.
Overall Timing
 4 weeks -> training
 4 days -> household list verification
 4 weeks -> ODK(CAPI) software development
...
Data formatting with CAPI
Conclusions
 Continuous supervision over whole period.
 Built capacity of a survey firm –> extra money and
time.
 Impor...
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Presented by Maria Comanescu, IFPRI at the Africa RISING–CSISA Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Meeting, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 11-13 November 2013

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  • Few hundred questions
    NBS, ODK preference
    WESTAT
    Started coordinating from DC, problems, only when we got there
    Committed to ODK in the contract
  • - Good experience with paper
  • Helped with a SurveyCTO –based architecture
    Advantages: Centralized architecture, Data accessible, avoided storing data on local computers
  • - Nice enumerators suggested
  • - Training = 2 paper + 2 capi
    - Get approval from the chiefs of the villages, Muslim problem
    Software dev – in parallel with the training
    9 hh survey + 1 comm survey
    Took longer in the beginnning and for the beneficiaries farmers who had lost of parcels
    Data reshaping work, we ended up working on it ourselves
  • 3 main factors that influence the format of the output data
  • - Coordination whole period: training, template dev and field work; pushed
    - Future, important to partner with capable survey firms, but even then, close supervision crucial
    CAPI saved time, reuse
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  • Field data collection in Malawi

    1. 1. Field Data Collection in Malawi Maria Comanescu, IFPRI Africa RISING–CSISA Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Meeting, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 11-13 November 2013
    2. 2. Field data collection - Malawi  Paper questionnaire – 25 sections.  Contracted local company(in Zomba) with ODK(CAPI) experience.  Shipped 30 Google Nexus tablets  Software development delayed  ODK – paper back and forth
    3. 3. Paper rooms
    4. 4. CAPI Schema with SurveyCTO
    5. 5. Adapt questionnaire options  The questionnaire was translated and backtranslated
    6. 6. Measurement scales  The enumerators carried height and weight measuring scales.
    7. 7. Overall Timing  4 weeks -> training  4 days -> household list verification  4 weeks -> ODK(CAPI) software development  9 weeks -> data collection (8+1)  3 to 4.5 hours -> avg. interview duration during data collection using CAPI  5 hours -> avg. interview during pilots using paper  3+ weeks -> data formatting work
    8. 8. Data formatting with CAPI
    9. 9. Conclusions  Continuous supervision over whole period.  Built capacity of a survey firm –> extra money and time.  Important to partner with capable survey firms.  CAPI saved time, we plan to implement CAPI in other countries.
    10. 10. Africa Research in Sustainable Intensification for the Next Generation africa-rising.net

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