on March 1, 2016 :
How others see the book on some articles:
Comments received from different experts in the field which are reproduced in verbatim.
Chandramali Irani: Good guidance sir, thanks.
Rash Ranjan Deb : Saved this instruction, distribute this to my junior which will be very useful for them .Motivation and to create good and favorable relation with informant for the subject survey. Collect more information with minimum question which does not irritate and reluctant to informant.
K Narayanan Unni : Good compilation. I must congratulate you for this.
I would suggest mentioning at the outset of this episode that whatever is being said applies to collection of socio economic data. Issues in collecting data for engineering applications, for example, are very different.
In Item 2 last sentence says “Do not ask any question, which is not easy to answer, if it is posed by others to you”. Who is responsible for such a situation? Certainly not the interviewer, but the guy(s) who decided on the questionnaire. The persons who design questionnaires have to take the blame for expecting accurate information for questions that they themselves would not be able to provide. The designer has also to see whether the time required for canvassing a questionnaire is within the limits that he/she would allow had the interviewer been visiting his/her household.
Tushar Bordoloi: All points are genuine. The point no 8 asking to be observant about the state of infomant's mind I cannot agree more. An intelligent Investigator would always make the process of schedule canvassing very interesting I believe.
Debasish Guha: In near future such type surveys may not be conducted at all. Information would be collected from SMSs, FB and other electronic depositaries through Big Data analysis. We should in our statistical system try to educate ourselves on this line ; otherwise we may not be relevant to the Govt. in near future. UN already working on this unfortunately from India i conferences on such theme is being attended by non-ISS .!?
Satya Narain Singh: I cannot but agree with you Guhaji. But can we use such wonderful means of new technologies in complex surveys like those of NSS. I have my doubts.
Debasish Guha: We may not have to design a complex survey to get answers to all Qs. Technology will take care to answer all the Qs through Data Mining (Big data) from the available plethora data sets : structured or unstructured : To give an example we may get the A-P-Y credible data through satellite images and statistical tools ; we may not conduct yearly surveys for area , yield for major crops , the system has stabilize for the major crops: which matters for policy decision , this is what I feel but there are differences of opinion even within Govt.
Satya Narain Singh: As long as we are in clutches of academics and under pressure to fulfil their insatiable desire of all data, the idea which no doubt laudable will remain on paper only.
Debasish Guha: True
Tarun Basu: I want to add three more points. First, an investigator needs to be familiar with local customs. Second, local language plays an important role in interviews. Third, for creating rapport one should try to assess the fields of interest of the respondent. False promises always backfires, as u have rightly mentioned.
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