Procuring a Survey Firm
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Who will collect the data?
Most DIME surveys are conducted by private survey firms. Other options include:
1. Government agency / Ministry
- Pros: enumerators have sector knowledge; may be logistically simpler if project is paying for survey
- Cons: perceived as independent? willing to survey control sites? Quality controls? performance incentives? HH survey experience?
2. National Statistics Office
- Pros: Often high capacity
- Cons: IE surveys are not in typical scope of work (focus on nationally representative surveys), busy with existing surveys, may not be interested in small-scale contracts
3. Directly hire enumerators
- Pros: Highest degree of flexibility and control over the process
- Cons: Procurement challenge (many individual consultants), full responsibility for logistics, requires much more time/effort from research team
|Stage||Minimum time required|
|Due diligence: research local survey firm options||2 weeks|
|Prepare detailed Terms of Reference (TORs)||2 weeks|
|Publish request for Expression of Interest (rEOI)||1 day|
|Firms submit expression of interest (EOI)||3 weeks|
|Shortlist firms based on EOI||1 day|
|Publish TOR and call for proposals||1 day|
|Shortlisted firms submit technical and financial proposals||3 weeks|
|Evaluation of technical then financial proposals||1 week|
|Negotiations and award of contract to selected firm||1 week|
|Contract published and signed||1 week|
Terms of Reference
The TOR is an essential document when working with a private Survey Firm.
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