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Building workflows to better understand how long surveys take

If you work in survey data collection, you know that survey duration is an important factor when it comes to delivering a project within budget. The team at Laterite aimed to better understand how long surveys take, down to each variable and module, in order to improve survey administration and provide accurate survey cost data for their clients. They built workflows to optimize and manage survey duration using SurveyCTO’s text audits feature and a python script.

In this on-demand webinar, you’ll learn:

  • How Laterite uses SurveyCTO in their survey projects
  • How they leverage text audits to optimize survey administration
  • How the python script analyzes text audit files and aggregates duration statistics
  • Methods for identifying potential adjustments to survey instruments to meet budget or duration targets
  • Tips for adding text audits and python scripts into your project’s monitoring toolbox

 About Laterite

Laterite is an East African firm specialized in research for social impact, combining data, research, and analytics to maximize the social impact of the work of their clients. Laterite delivers full-cycle research projects and evaluations to support effective decision-making. Based in East Africa, Laterite offers tested data collection systems, a large pool of enumerators, expert research and innovations team, and a thorough understanding of the countries where they work.

Bisrat Getachew, Data Quality Analyst, Laterite: Bisrat is responsible for running various quality checks on incoming data as well as coding survey questionnaires into SurveyCTO. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Addis Ababa University and is keenly interested in data.

Samuel Nzaramba, Innovations Associate, Laterite: Samuel is responsible for improving, streamlining, and automating processes and systems to maximize efficiency. He holds a Master of Science in Information Technology from Carnegie Mellon University and a BSc in Computer Science from Makerere University. Before joining Laterite, Samuel worked as an Applications Developer at a technology startup and later as a teaching assistant at Carnegie Mellon University Africa focusing on Data Science and Information Security.

If you’re aiming to optimize survey duration in your own projects, you’ll learn a lot from this webinar.


Start a free SurveyCTO trial to experiment with some of the workflows showcased in this webinar or request a demo from our team.

Lindo Simelane

Digital Analytics Associate

Lindo is a part of the marketing team at Dobility, the company that powers SurveyCTO. He is responsible for all aspects of data management and analytics for SurveyCTO’s website, social media, and other marketing efforts.

Lindo has a passion for research to inform policy in international development and economics. He has extensive experience in the ICT4D space that includes research work, and a background in international business and finance.