Collecting Data When the Going Gets Tough

In March 2017, two days before I was supposed to leave for Northern Nigeria to set up a final round of survey data collection for an evaluation, two German expats were kidnapped from a village in the area and held for ransom. My role as an analyst on the multi-donor AgResults initiative – a project to encourage and reward high-impact agricultural innovations that promote global food security, health and nutrition – was to supervise training and the beginning of field work with the local survey firm we hired to ensure that we received clean, usable data.

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AAPOR 2017: The Value of Face-to-Face Time in a Digital Age

In 2014, I was working in a small team at an academic survey unit, managing the college's survey lab. I had experience doing a little bit of everything, but was feeling stuck. Did I want to stay in survey research?

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