EDDI Conference System, EDDI13 – 5th Annual European DDI User Conference

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Developing a Transportable, Standardised System of Monitoring Employing Harmonised Metadata Files Which Can Aid Central Field Supervision, Control and Monitoring
Sally Widdop, Johanna Bristle, Yvette Prestage

Last modified: 2013-10-31


As part of the DASISH project, researchers from the European Social Survey (ESS) and the Survey of health, ageing and retirement in Europe (SHARE) are working together to develop a computerised, mobile fieldwork management system that could be utilised on future rounds of the ESS and other face-to-face surveys. SHARE's existing bespoke sample management system provides researchers with real time data on interviewer contact attempts and updated sample information. We are currently developing a similar tool, which can be used on any face-to-face survey. Installed on a portable device like a smart phone, tablet or personal digital assistant (PDA), the fieldwork management system ('slim sms') will employ harmonised metadata files and produce timely aggregate statistics on fieldwork progress and characteristics, which could be used to aid central field supervision, control and monitoring.  This presentation will give an overview of the sample management system utilised by SHARE and summarise the key features that will be required to adapt the tool for other surveys. In addition, it will seek to explore how the new fieldwork management system application can be made compatible with DDI and/or DDI-L.

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