Anatomy of a survey -- Monitoring in the field


Arghyam,, (the organisation that runs the India Water Portal) is conducting a water and sanitation survey in the state of Karnataka. One of the most intensive efforts of its kind, the survey will cover 17,200 households in all 28 districts of Karntaka. This will be a people's survey where the surveyors will be from among the people and include students, women members of self help groups, local NGO partners and other interested volunteers.
The survey has entered the intensive phase in December, with the preparatory phases completed and the actual survey work has begun. Through a series of posts here we'll trace the survey process and provide an inside look at how this project is goingTo see the entire series, click here :
2The survey is almost half way through. We at Arghyam have been busy making field visits to monitor and evaluate the survey at various parts of Karnataka. Teams from PAC is also visiting villages to evaluate the quality of the survey.
7A team consisting of Dr. Prabhakar, Research Officer, and Ms. Prarthana Rao, Research Executive from PAC visited Raghavapura village in Raghavapura GP, Gunglupet Taluk, Chamaraja nagara District for field monitoring on 18th Dec 2008. A team from Karuna Trust consisting of 5 investigators and 1 supervisor was conducting the survey in the village. It was the second day of the survey. The village map had been prepared on the previous day and household survey had been started. 1

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11On 23rd of December, 2008, Mr. Binayak Das and Mr. CS Sharada Prasad visited Talagavadi Gram panchayat in Mandya district. It was the second day of the survey. A team of 4 surveyors and 1 supervisor from Vikasana were conducting the survey. Since Talagavadi is a large panchayat, 2 of the surveyors and the supervisors had started the work on village map and water quality test two days before schedule. Binayak and Sharada interacted with GP members and villagers to find out the reasons for high nitrate contamination in the area. Their conversation led to them through some interesting findings such as how the entire village had been converted into a dump yard.3
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13The next day Binayak and Sharada visited Hussain Pura in Hunsur taluk of Mysore district. They were accompanied by Ashwini Manjunath, a volunteer from Mysore. It was the last day of the survey. They met three enthusiastic surveyors of Karuna Trust who provided a them with a good feedback on the survey format. One surveyor and the supervisor were busy catching hold of GP members to complete the GP questionnaire.5

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Ashwini Manjunath will be visiting the office of Karuna Trust in Mysore for periodic evaluation of the survey.




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