PalmCow household survey training and data collection

In early August 2019, PalmCow Field Officers, BPTP team members and supervisors, and enumerators received training in the Commcare app as well as the data collection instrument used to collect data for the baseline household survey.

Household survey training, East Kalimantan, August 2019.  Photo: Febrina Prameswari

Household survey training, East Kalimantan, August 2019. Photo: Febrina Prameswari

The household survey is a key component of socio-economic research in both IndoBeef projects.

Data collected includes:

  • household demographics (age, gender, marital status, education level, literacy);

  • household physical characteristics and access to resources;

  • employment and labour force status and activities of household members;

  • land status and availability of land for agriculture;

  • livestock and crop holdings;

  • cattle production characteristics (e.g. numbers produced, bought, sold); purchase and sale practices, and farmer group membership;

  • crops produced;

  • other business activities;

  • household consumption habits; and

  • perceptions surrounding cattle marketing, finance and household participation in cattle production.

In early August, PalmCow Field Officers and enumerators received training in household survey data collection using the Commcare app, led by IndoBeef Data Management Team members Dr Kieren McCosker and Ms Febrina Prameswari. The training coincided with training in Commcare animal production data collection, detailed on page 3 of this newsletter.

Training included practical trials in conducting the survey, with participants pairing off to interview each other and learn more about how to input survey data into Commcare.

Following the training, enumerators began to visit PalmCow research sites in each province to complete baseline surveys with smallholder farming households in each site.

At the time of writing, household survey data collection was ongoing, with over 250 completed surveys in Riau and East Kalimantan, and over 150 completed surveys in South Sumatra.

The socio-economics activity team, led by Professor Rene Villano from the University of New England, were downloading data from Commcare to review data cleaning and analysis methodology.

The survey will be repeated at a later stage in the project, with the same household sub-set, to evaluate gender aspects in livestock farming and to identify changes in household socio-economic circumstances over time.

Enumerators and householders during data collection in Riau, September 2019.

Enumerators and householders during data collection in Riau, September 2019.