The 66th annual World Association for Public Opinion Research (WAPOR) conference was held in Boston, MA. David Jodice presented “Issues of Field Work and Quality Control in Multi-Country Surveys” at the WAPOR Conference on May 12, 2013. In the presentation, authors David Jodice and Matthew Warshaw presented the pros and cons of applying a multi-method approach to ensure high quality surveys of global and regional populations. The study also discussed issues with designing quality control procedures for widely different field situations, a challenge in multi-country polling. The authors drew upon recent literature exploring the promises and pitfalls of employing multi-mode interviewing, as well as their personal experience in engaging with these methods as part of their work.
Matthew Warshaw also participated in a roundtable discussion at WAPOR about international research where he presented, “Data Collection in Developing Nations: What Every Analyst Needs to Know.” There is a growing focus on data quality in the developing world, shifting the concept of survey data as a mere commodity to a real-world understanding of the critical processes necessary to produce valid and reliable results. Drawing upon D3’s industry-leading experience, Mr. Warshaw presented key strategies for establishing and enhancing data-collection operations in conflict and post-conflict environments, such as Afghanistan, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Iraq, South Sudan and Yemen. From sampling sources to considerations of logistics and ethno-linguistics, this presentation covered topics essential for researchers focusing on the developing world.
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