Advances in Survey Methods for the Developing World

Posted: 17 Jun 2018

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Noam Lupu

Vanderbilt University

Kristin Michelitch

Vanderbilt University

Date Written: May 2018

Abstract

Political scientists are fielding more and more surveys in the developing world. Yet, most survey research methodology derives from experiences in developed countries. Researchers working in the developing world often confront very different challenges to collecting high-quality data. Census data may be unreliable or outdated, enumerators may shirk, political topics may be sensitive, and respondents may be unaccustomed to and uncomfortable with an interview format. In this article, we review both published methodological research and the best practices of scholars based on an original expert survey of survey researchers. We characterize the state of the field and provide insights about the range of available options for implementing surveys in the developing world. We examine and assess innovations across many aspects of survey implementation, including sampling, enumeration, data collection, ethical considerations, and reporting. We also offer suggestions for future methodological inquiry and for greater research transparency.

Suggested Citation

Lupu, Noam and Michelitch, Kristin, Advances in Survey Methods for the Developing World (May 2018). Annual Review of Political Science, Vol. 21, pp. 195-214, 2018, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3197101 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1146/annurev-polisci-052115-021432

Noam Lupu (Contact Author)

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Kristin Michelitch

Vanderbilt University ( email )

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Nashville, TN 37240
United States

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