In addressing the knowledge gap, IID employs modern research methods and tools for accuracy of their collected data which attest validation. The cutting-edge research methods and tools used by IID include paper-less (mobile/tab based) survey, use of GPS, online survey (obhimat.com) and data collection through social media.
Key features of IID’s survey technique
A Geospatial Survey
The surveys were conducted with GPS-enabled tablet computers with real-time online data update. Some of the benefits to this method were:
Authenticity: Geo-location monitoring GPS-enabled tablets ensured enumerators’ actual presence in the venues and households.
Error free data: Survey software omitted common and logical errors that happen during data-input, compilation and editing of paper-based survey.
Geospatial analysis: Mapping geo-tagged data opened vast potentials of geospatial analysis.
Enabling micro-level analysis: Geo-tagged data makes it easier to produce region-specific reports, and can provide venue-specific findings for development programmes.
Mapped data can be zoomed to view information and responses of individual respondents