IFLS Photos

Field Teams Photos of the IFLS enumerators from the field

Interviewer Training

The staff selected to conduct the IFLSs were recruited from the geographic regions in which the fieldwork took place. Population center officials, affiliated with universities throughout Indonesia, were instrumental in the recruitment of field staff. Due to the complex nature of the survey, field personnel were required to have completed some college; most, in fact, were young, bright, recent college graduates who were embarking on the first jobs of their careers.

The IFLS training provided in-depth classroom instruction and field practice with the entire questionnaire. Training consisted of the following components: an overview of the study; introduction to survey research; appropriate techniques for asking questions, recording responses, and probing; procedures for identifying sample households, editing one's own work, quality control, and sample control; and a detailed review of all instruments.

Field Work

The IFLS field work began once the training was completed and continued for three to four months depending upon the sample size assigned to each team.

A significant innovation introduced in IFLS2 was the use of computer-assisted field editing (CAFE). The use of CAFE dramatically increased our ability to catch and correct errors made by the enumerators in the field. When data are first entered in the field, CAFE identifies cases in which the enumerator must return to the respondent because a section has been skipped, was incomplete, or was found to be inconsistent. Monitoring data quality and the progression of field work while enumerators are still in the field, both from LD in Jakarta and RAND in Santa Monica through electronic transmission of data, is a crucial aspect of the data quality monitoring of the IFLS2 and IFLS2+.

During the IFLS2 field work in 1997, large portions of two IFLS provinces experienced large-scale fires, South Sumatra and South Kalimantan. In this photo, we see the field team wearing masks to avoid the smoke resulting from these fires.

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