The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in collaboration with the Directorate of Economics and Statistics, Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Government of India organized a training workshop on application of Computer Assisted Personal Interviewing (CAPI) for agricultural surveys and price reporting in New Delhi, from 11-15 July, 2016. The event was an activity of the project “Strengthening Agricultural Market Information System (AMIS) in India Using Innovative Methods and Digital Technology”, funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
CAPI software known as Survey Solutions has been developed by the Development Research Group of the World Bank in collaboration with FAO, and is being promoted as innovative and cost-effective technology under the Global Strategy to Improve Agricultural and Rural Statistics.
About 22 statisticians, economists and data collectors from the different wings of the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare, Government of India attended the training workshop. The participants were drawn from three separate data domains – agricultural census, cost of cultivation survey and prices. Two international participants from the Kingdom of Bhutan and the UN Statistical Institute for Asia and Pacific (SIAP), Japan, were also present at the workshop.
The workshop provided a forum for sharing experience of FAO and NSSO, India in using CAPI application for survey management and data capturing using tablet computers, which reduces the time lag between data collection and data dissemination, dramatically improves data quality and also cuts survey operational costs. The software is user-friendly and can be implemented with minimum technical assistance.
In addition to a basic introduction to the application of tablet PCs for conducting surveys, the participants were also familiarized on the advanced features of Survey Solutions. The overview on the traditional ‘pen and paper’ versus tablet data collection modes, including the benefits and disadvantages was received well by the participants. At the end of the week-long training workshop, participants unanimously agreed on the distinct advantages of applying information technology tools for data collection, transmission and collation.
1. Training Plan and Agenda
Session 1. Introduction to CAPI, and Survey Solutions experience
1. Is CAPI right for my survey?
2. Advantages and constraints of implementing Survey Solutions
3. IASRI experience using Survey Solutions for Agricultural Surveys
Session 2A. Overview of Training and Survey Solutions Learning Objectives
1. Overview of Survey Solutions System
2. Getting Started with the Questionnaire Designer and Tester
Session 2B (Practice Session). Register for Questionnaire Designer and download and install Tester
Session 3A. Basic Designer
1. Basic Designer
Session 3B (Practice Session). Mastering Basic Questionnaire Design
Session 4A. Intermediate Survey Design Skills, and overview of advanced features
1. Intermediate Survey Design Skills -Part 1
2. Intermediate Survey Design Skills -Part 2
Session 4B (Practice Session) Intermediate Questionnaire Design
1. Overview of Advanced Features
Session 5A. Basic case management skills with HQ and Supervisor
1. Intro and case management with Admin, HQ, and Supervisor
2. Introduction to Interviewer
Session 5B (Practice Session). Comprehensive practice with Headquarters, Supervisors, and Interviewer
Session 6A. Data Export and Tablet Management
1. Data Export
2. Tablet Management
1. Training Review Questions
2. Survey Solutions Home Page
3. Documentation for the Survey Solutions system
4. Survey Solutions Videos (YouTube)
Source : Fao