Data Collection

Dates of Data Collection

2006-05-15 - 2006-07-30

Mode of Data Collection

Face-to-face [f2f]

Notes on Data Collection

During April 2006, the pre-test for the Republika Srpska in the Banja Luka region, whereas the pre-test in FBiH was conducted in April 2006 in households in the Sarajevo Canton. The plan envisaged the conduct of interviews in 111 households obtained by random choice from the Main Sampling Frame. The pre-test was succesfully conducted in 84 households. Pre-test included 10 interviewers who would later become supervisors for the main survey. 

Fieldwork was implemented by two entity teams. In the RS, the data was collected by four teams. Each team was comprised of three to four interviewers and one supervisor. The fieldwork began on 15 May 2006 and concluded on 10 July 2006.  In FBiH the data was collected by eight teams (23 interviewers) who were organised at the cantonal level. The teams were comprised of supervisors and interviewers, whose number depended on the number of households to be interviewed in the field. In FBiH, fieldwork began on 20 May 2006 and concluded on 30 July 2006.

Interviews averaged 35 minutes for the household questionnaire, 23 minutes for the women's questionnaire, and 27 for the under five children's questionnaire (excluding the anthropometry).  Interviews were conducted primarily in Bosnian, Serbian and Croatian.

Four staff members of Ministry of Health and Social Welfare Republika Srpska and FBiH Public Health Institute provided overall fieldwork coordination and supervision.  The overall field supervisors were Irena Jokic, Amela Lolic, Aida Pilav and Miroslav Stijak.

Data Collectors

Ministry of Health and Social Welfare Republika Srpska
FBiH Public Health Institute


Interviewing was conducted by teams of interviewers.  Each interviewing team comprised of 3-4 interviewers. 

The role of the supervisor was to coordinate field data collection activities, including management of the field teams, supplies and equipment, finances, maps and listings, coordinate with local authorities concerning the survey plan and make arrangements for accommodation and travel.  Additionally, the field supervisor assigned the work to the interviewers, spot checked work, maintained field control documents, and sent completed questionnaires and progress reports to the central office. They were also responsible for reviewing each questionnaire at the end of the day, checking for missed questions, skip errors, fields incorrectly completed, and checking for inconsistencies in the data.  The field editor also observed interviews and conducted review sessions with interviewers.

Responsibilities of the supervisors described in the Instructions for Supervisors, together with the different field controls that were in place to control the quality of the fieldwork.

Field visits were also made by a team of central staff on a periodic basis during fieldwork.  The senior staff of Ministry of Health and Social Welfare Republika Srpska, FBiH Public Health Institutealso and UNICEF Bosnia and Herzegovina were responsible for quality control on 10% of sampled household.  

Also one visit from supervisor from Strategic Information Section, Division of Policy and Planning, UNICEF NYHQ was made.
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