Dates of Data Collection2007-11-04 - 2007-11-30
Notes on Data Collection
Training for the fieldwork was conducted for 15 days in 5 cities: Kumanovo, Tetovo, Skopje, Stip and Ohrid, (3 days at each point) from October 17 to October 31, 2005. Training included lectures on interviewing techniques and the contents of the questionnaires, and mock interviews between trainees to gain practice in asking questions. Towards the end of the training period, trainees spent 2 days in practice interviewing in 8 municipalities within the Skopski region.
The data were collected by 20 teams; each comprised 4 interviewers, one driver, one editor/measurer and a supervisor. Fieldwork began on November 4 and concluded on November 30, 2005.
Interviews averaged 35 minutes for the household questionnaire (excluding salt testing), 23 minutes for the women's questionnaire, and 27 for the under five children's questionnaire (excluding the anthropometry). Interviews were conducted in Macedonian and Albanian.
8 persons from State Statistical Office were selected as supervisors, each for one statistical region. The overall field coordinator was Suzana Stojanovska.
Interviewing was conducted by teams of interviewers. Each interviewing team comprised of 4 interviewers, a field editor and a supervisor, and a driver. Each team used a 4 wheel drive vehicle to travel from cluster to cluster (and where necessary within cluster).
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
The field editor was 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 and field editors are described in the Instructions for Interviewers and 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 State Statistical Office of Republic of Macedonia also made 3 visits to field teams to provide support and to review progress.