Anne Radday shares insights about good data collection practices

Feinstein’s Anne Radday posted an article reflecting on the question, “how can we collect high quality data on climate resilience?” on the Building Resilience and Adaptation to Climate Extremes and Disasters (BRACED) website.

She writes:

The Building Resilience and Adaptation to Climate Extremes and Disasters (BRACED) program focuses, among other things, on developing and disseminating knowledge about climate resilience. Just over a year after the start of the program, projects are beginning to yield research findings. What we can learn from data, however, is only as good as the data we have. So how can we effectively collect high-quality data?

From October through December 2015, the Feinstein International Center at Tufts University’s School of Nutrition Science and Policy teamed up with Concern Worldwide to collect data from 1,420 women in 69 villages around Goz Beida, Chad. We had previously used this exact sample twice, including as part of a Concern program, Community Resilience to Acute Malnutrition (CRAM).

Four teams of 20 enumerators who were hired locally gathered data, under the supervision of a local colleague. One mobilizer went to each village to give women a heads up before the visits.

Read the lessons learned and the rest of the post here.