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A Practical Guide To Digital Data Collection

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Table of contents[edit]

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  1. Purpose
  2. Use of Manual
  3. Field Staff Composition and Organization
  4. Choosing the Right Methodology
  5. Personal Safety and Competence

Developing the Meta Approach[edit]

  1. Research Theory: What is the Research Question?
  2. IRB Considerations
  3. Accessibility
  4. Flow Chart

Preparing for Fieldwork[edit]

  1. Materials Needed for the Field
  2. Equipment Preparation
  3. Partnering
  4. Security Clearance
  5. Understanding the Territory
  6. Training
  7. Run a Pilot Study

Organization of the Fieldwork[edit]

  1. Schedule and Field Assignments
  2. Transportation
  3. Supervision of Data Collection
  4. Quality Control/ Quality Assurance
  5. Ethical Considerations and Confidentiality
  6. Cultural Considerations

Survey Design[edit]

  1. Methodologies
  2. Development of Survey Instruments
  3. Statistical Considerations
  4. Sampling Procedures

Digital Data Collection[edit]

Data Transmission[edit]

KoBoForm: Building Surveys and Forms[edit]

KoBoCollect: Mobile Data Collection[edit]

KoBoSync: Offline Data Synchronization[edit]

XForm Primer[edit]


Data Analysis[edit]

  1. Transcription and Translation of Survey Results
  2. Tags
  3. Boiler Plate Statements
  4. Obfuscation and Data Scrubbing


Administrative Procedures[edit]

Some Bullshit section[edit]