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Activity Number: 550
Type: Other
Date/Time: Wednesday, August 4, 2010 : 2:00 PM to 3:50 PM
Sponsor: ASA
Abstract - #309495
Title: Survey Administration in the Wake of a Natural Disaster
Author(s): Justin S. Fisher*+
Companies: Government Accountability Office
Address: 441 G St., NW, Washington, 20548,
Keywords: Haiti ; natural disaster ; non-sampling errors ; mobile-only survey

A mere two months after a devastating earthquake struck Haiti in early 2010, our goal was to collect quality data to inform aid decisions by measuring the earthquake's economic impact and any changes in household composition. Because of the extent of the damage to the country's physical infrastructure and the precarious living conditions of many Haitians, data collection presented several challenges. Our initial objective of conducting an area sample proved unfeasible, given the situation on the ground. Consequently, the researchers decided to conduct a survey entirely by mobile phone, which required special consideration be given to minimizing non-sampling errors. We will focus on questionnaire development, cooperation incentives, as well as logistical considerations, in light of the challenges that this collection mode poses for measurement, non-response, and coverage errors.

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