On December 10, 2020, the Asia Foundation presented the findings of the first installment of the of the TAF Flash Phone Survey, which collected the opinions of over 4,300 Afghan men and women via Tablet-Assisted Phone Interviewing of a Random Digit Dialing (RDD) sample. The COVID-19 pandemic hindered the face-to-face fielding of the Asia Foundation’s annual Survey of the Afghan People (SAP) in 2020. However, the Foundation partnered with ACSOR-Surveys, D3’s subsidiary and the implementer for SAP, to field the Flash Survey and collect information about the experiences and perspectives of Afghans during this critical time. The country suffered the impacts of the pandemic over the past year, while at the same time, the Intra-Afghan Negotiations bring both hope for peace and uncertainty about the country’s future.
Although phone polling is fairly new in Afghanistan, the successful completion of the Flash Phone Survey shows that it can serve as an alternative for face-to-face work. Importantly, the field team was able to call male and female respondents in all 34 provinces.
Wave 2 of the Flash Survey is nearing completion of fieldwork, and a third wave is planned for early 2021.
The Foundation produced a short video to provide background information about the survey. Key findings from the survey are highlighted on the Foundation’s website, while the Foundation’s full report can be downloaded here.