Dates of Data Collection2006-08-07 - 2006-09-26
Notes on Data Collection
The pretest for the survey took place in July 2006 in each zone. Approximately ten percent of the total sample size was pre-tested; the three pre-tests combined lasted between 1 to 2 weeks. The pre-tests were conducted by the survey coordinators with the assistance of future supervisors and interviewers.
The largest complaint regarding the questionnaires in the pretest was the length. For a household, the minimum time the questionnaires were completed in was one and a quarter hours, the maximum time was around two and a half hours. Supervisors noticed however that in the latter days of pre-testing interviewers gained much more speed. Therefore in the first week of data collection it was necessary to allow more time for survey teams to complete clusters but the time steadily reduced as fieldwork continued.
Women Care (Middle Shabelle)
Sean Deveroux Human Rights Organisation (Lower Juba)
Natural Resource Management and Information Centre (Bakool)
African Rescue Committee (Middle Juba)
Community Care Centre (Bay Region)
Community Research and Development Group (Benadir Region)
Himilo Relief, Rehabilitation and Development Association (Gedo Region)
Hiran HIV/AIDS Prevention and Child Protection (Hiran Region)
Training and Research Group (Somaliland)
Ministry of Planning and International Cooperation
Interviewing was conducted by teams of interviewers. Each interviewing team comprised of 4 female interviewers and 4 male interviewers, a field editor and a supervisor. Each team used 4 wheel drive vehicles 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 team, 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 Supervisors and Field Editors, together with the different field controls that were in place to control the quality of the fieldwork.
The Somali MICS also recruited field coordinators who were responsible for coordinating the work of several field teams. Field visits were made by coordinators throughout fieldwork. Planning, monitoring and evaluation staff of UNICEF also made regular visits to field teams to provide support and to review progress. The Somali MICS Coordinator visited several field teams during data collection across the country.