Nepal

2016, 2014

Student PI, Lead Field Researcher

In Nepal, I have led a research teams collecting baseline (2014) midline (2016) data for an RCT evaluating welfare impacts of Heifer International’s flagship project in Nepal, the Smallholders in Livestock Value Chain program, working closely with Nepali partners to field a team of 60 enumerators collecting data from over 3000 households. During the 2016 round,we conducted the first full-scale pilot of the survey instrument for the project-level Women in Agriculture Empowerment Index (a tool for measuring women’s empowerment under development by the Gender and Assets in Agriculture Project) on a subsample of the population. During each round of data collection I held primary responsibility for programming survey instruments for tablet computers, data validation, and data cleaning, and I shared responsibilty for survey instrument content, field testing, and enumeration team training. 

The links below download all of the CSPro files required to load the instrument from each survey round on Android tablets. I am making them available both to increase the transparency of my own work, and to serve as a resource for other researchers who are learning CSPro. The pro-WEAI code should be of special interest to researchers piloting pro-WEAI in other contexts; it should be immediately usable after translation and adaptation to local context.

Baseline (2014): Features multiple languages, complex skip patterns and checks.

Midline (2016): Features lookup files to preload content from baseline.

Revolving Fund & Pro-WEAI (2016): First full scale electronic deployment of pro-WEAI.


Ghana

2015, 2014

Consultant

I worked as a consultant on two rounds of quantitative data collection, providing critical support to the development of the midline (post-harvest) and endline survey instruments for a randomized control trial in Ghana, West Africa (note that I was not in-country in Ghana for this project, but collaborated remotely from the US). The RCT tested the impact of an intervention intended to encourage adoption of post-harvest technologies that reduce aflatoxin levels in groundnuts. Designed, coded and implemented Android tablet based survey instruments for electronic enumeration.

Endline (2015): Features lookup files to preload known data and highly complex skip patterns.


Haiti

2013

PI, Lead Field Researcher

Led a research team collecting data to evaluate early indicators of success of beneficiaries of a productive asset transfer from a small NGO. Conceived research design, wrote and programmed survey instrument for electronic enumeration, recruited and trained survey team, collected data in rural Haiti, validated and cleaned data for analysis. 

This was my first field experience, and the CSPro code contains no features that are not more elegantly expressed in the instruments from Nepal and Ghana linked above, but is available upon request.