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Survey Research in Low- and Middle-Income Countries During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Charles Lau
Friday, April 23, 2021
1:00pm Eastern Time

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About This Course:

Survey Research in Low- and Middle-Income Countries During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Before COVID-19, most surveys in low- and middle-income countries used face-to-face interviewing. Researchers have quickly pivoted to using mobile phone surveys due to COVID-19, using a mix of live interviews, interactive voice response (IVR), and short message service (SMS, or text messaging). In low- and middle-income countries, mobile phone surveys are still relatively new, emerging only in the past decade. As a result, researchers are still developing methodological best practices to address challenges with coverage, response, and measurement. This webinar will describe mobile phone surveys in low- and middle-income countries, including modes, sampling, training, operations, response rates, representativeness, measurement, and weighting. For each topic, we will review emerging best practices, operational approaches, and recent literature. Throughout the webinar, we will discuss examples of successful mobile phone surveys on COVID-19 and other topics.

Learning objectives
  • Understand challenges with coverage, response, and measurement for mobile phone surveys in low- and middle-income countries
  • Learn emerging best practices to maximize the quality of mobile phone surveys in low- and middle-income countries
  • Learn about examples of successful mobile phone surveys in low- and middle-income countries on COVID-19 and other topics
Webinar Level:
Introductory
 
About the Instructor(s):

Childs-headshot.pngDr. Charles Lau is a Senior Survey Methodologist at RTI International, where he specializes in survey methodology and implementation in low- and middle-income countries. He holds a PhD in Sociology and an MS in Epidemiology from the University of California, Los Angeles, and a BA in Sociology from Brown University. Dr. Lau has led surveys in over 30 countries. He directs projects throughout the survey cycle, including study design, questionnaire development, sampling, interviewer training, data collection, analysis, and reporting. In partnership with government, foundation, and commercial clients, his work has covered various topics including public health; politics, security, and conflict; technology; and economic growth and education. Across topics, Dr. Lau develops innovative methods to improve measurement quality and enhance the quality of survey sampling. His recent areas of focus include using geographic information systems (GIS) for household survey sampling and pioneering methodological best practices for mobile phone surveys in low- and middle-income countries. Dr. Lau publishes methodological research on cross-cultural issues in questionnaire design, interviewer and mode effects, and sampling approaches in developing countries. His research has appeared in journals such as International Journal of Public Opinion Research, Survey Research Methods, the Journal of International Development.