Joseph Teye and Leander Kandilige share their experience from conducting survey fieldwork during the Covid-19 pandemic on the MIGNEX blog. They include everything, from planning to training and of course the actual fieldwork. There’s a discussion of financial implications, and paramount safety.
For once, it’s not all about Zoom and Skype; no, there’s another world out there!
Read all about it here: https://www.mignex.org/publications/conducting-surveys-safely-during-pandemic-perspectives-ghana
I am happy to announce a new call for a joint survey, building to a joint publication.
You can contribute (a) survey questions, (b) designs for survey experiments, and (c) interest in survey analysis in the following areas:
— The role of limited information in decisions to migrate
— Aspirations and abilities to migrate
— The role of different narratives of migration
— Immobility (inability or lack of motivation to move)
— Research on the role of trust in migration decisions
— Health and migration
The survey will probably be fielded in Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, or a combination of these countries in October 2020.
You are embedded in a university in a Subsaharan African
country or in Switzerland, and study human migration in any relevant discipline.
Deadline: 4 September 2020
Online form: http://neuchatel.eu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_9ulRPsbrISMoJSJ
For further information on the Swiss-Subsaharan Africa Migration Network (S-SAM): http://www.unine.ch/sfm/home/formation/ssam.html
The Ethnic and Migrant Minorities (EMM) Survey Registry is now available for beta testing. Look forward to a data hub to facilitate knowledge sharing and transfer. The possibility to deposit survey data is apparently also foreseen in the future. This should turn useful.
Everyone seems to be an epidemiologist these days. I have long lost count on the surveys that land in my inbox. It’s clear that the internet has made it very cheap to field surveys, especially surveys where questions of sampling don’t seem to be relevant to those fielding the surveys. It’s also clear that tools like SurveyMonkey and Qualtrics make it easy to field surveys quickly. But that’s no excuse for some of the surveys I’ve seen:
- surveys with no apparent flow between questions
- surveys where the e-mail makes it clear that they are desperate to get any answers
- surveys with incomplete flow logic (see example below)
- surveys that ask hardly anything about the respondent (like age, sex, education, location)
- surveys that throw in about any instrument that could be vaguely related to how people respond to Covid-19 (with no apparent focus; which is bound to find ‘interesting’ and statistically ‘significant’ results)
- double negatives in questions
- two questions in one
For example, how should I answer this required question at the bottom here? What if I assume corruption is evenly spread across all sectors, or not present at all?
I understand that we want to get numbers on the various ways Covid-19 affected us, but with surveys like these we’re not going to learn anything because they do not allow meaningful inferences. In that case, it’s sometimes better not to run a survey then pretending to have data.
Flavia Fossati and I are organizing an international workshop on “Survey Experiments in Migration and Integration Research” and would like to cordially invite you to contribute a paper to this event, which will be hosted at the University of Lausanne (IDHEAP) on June 4-5th 2020.
This is the third meeting of a series of international workshops previously held in Switzerland at the Universities of Lausanne and Berne that aim at gathering experts on the topic and to have in-depth discussions on their work in progress.
In this edition of the Survey Experiment in Migration and Integration Research, we will have a few different panels that focus on the survey experiment methodology and others that focus more on the immigration and integration research that is carried out by means of such experimental methods.
The event will be accompanied by two keynote speeches, one by Prof. Katrin Auspurg (University of Munich) and Prof. Donald Green (Columbia University).
Please apply by following this link: http://idheap.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_8B2srd4kq2HIyEd
Deadline February 15th 2020.