Dates of Data Collection2005-09-01 - 2005-10-17
Notes on Data Collection
The pretest for the survey took place in urban and rural areas in a district close to Dushanbe during July 2005. and included 27 interviewers who would later become supervisors and editors for the main survey.
The data were collected by 14 teams; each was comprised of three female interviewers, one driver, one female editor/measurer and one supervisor. A total of 52 interviewers, 14 supervisors and 13 field editors were used. Data collection took place over a period of about 6 weeks from September 1, 2005 until October 17, 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 primarily in Tajik and Russian.
Senior staff from the State Committee on Statistics of the Republic of Tajikistan (SCS) and one national fieldwork coordinator coordinated and supervised the field work activities. The overall field coordinator was Kislitsyna Elena.
State Committee on Statistics of the Republic of the Tajikistan
Interviewing was conducted by teams of interviewers. Each interviewing team comprised of 3 female interviewers, a field editor and a supervisor, and a driver. Each teams used a 4 wheel dirve vehicle to travel from cluster to cluster (and where necessary within cluster).
The role of the supervisor was to coordinator 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 accomodation 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.
Field visits were also made by a team of central staff on a periodic basis during fieldwork. The senior staff of State Committee on Statistics of the Republic of the Tajikistan also made visits to field teams to provide support and to review progress.