Effective data collection necessitates extensive field training, which in turn is a process rife with utter detail. The following objects are communicated to the enumerators as a part of their field training:
CHECKLIST BEFORE INTERVIEWS
Keep the following documents handy:
• Organisation ID
• Permission letters
• Personal ID cards
• The list with respondent names
The respondent should understand the following:
Probe, but do not lead.
A “probe” is a follow-up question that asks the main question in a different or more specific way that the respondent might understand more easily. You should not “lead” or provide the answers to the questions.
Always try to get a private corner for respondents. Avoid approaching people in groups.
UPON REACHING THE SURVEY SITE, FOLLOW THE STEPS GIVEN BELOW
SOME COMMONLY USED DEFINITIONS
Household: Any member who either lives in the house and/or eats from the same chulha.
Head of the Household: The person who is responsible for making decisions and earning money for the household.
Most Knowledgeable (Female/Male):
Here most knowledgeable means someone who is aware of all income
expenses/savings of the household and the overall health and wellbeing of the
i) They must be an adult member.
ii) This does not necessarily have to be the eldest member of the family.
iii) This has nothing to do with the educational qualifications of the person.
Let the respondent identify who is the head of household/most knowledgeable person of the household.
Household Members: Here household member refers to anyone who eats from the same chulha and or lives under the same roof.
If the mother eats and/or lives alternatively with two sons in two different
households, she should be counted in both the households.
If household help or a lodger eats one meal then do not count as household member.
If a child or member stays out because of work or study, count them as members of the household, if they provide or receive monetary assistance from the household.
i) People above the age of 18.
ii) People who can vote.
iii) People with a bank account.
Children (Below 18 years):
i) Infants or small children in the household. (0 - 5 years)
ii) School going children. (Up to class 12)
iii) If there are no school going children in the house probe for children who would have been in school right now if they would have been enrolled.
END OF THE SURVEY
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