2016-LTL-FAQ-English

About AidData

Who is conducting this survey?

AidData is an independent research lab at the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia (USA). AidData produces policy-relevant, innovative, and methodologically sophisticated social science research that speaks to contemporary international problems and issues. AidData has an established track record of administering high-quality, cross-national surveys. You can find more information about AidData at www.aiddata.org.

AidData’s research activities are funded by the College of William & Mary and a variety of external sponsors, including but not limited to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, USAID, the John Templeton Foundation, the Smith Richardson Foundation, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and Humanity United.

 

What is the purpose of this project?

The purpose of this research project is to learn how domestic and international organizations can more effectively support the development priorities of policymakers and practitioners in low-income and middle-income countries.

 

Who is sponsoring this project?

This project is sponsored by the William and Flora Hewlett Hewlett Foundation, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID), the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and Germany’s Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development.

 

About the Survey

 

Why did you select me to participate in this survey?

You have been selected to participate in this study because you held a position at some point between 2010 and 2015 that we believe makes you knowledgeable about the design and implementation of policies and programs in a  country that has been selected for inclusion in our study. Your participation is essential to ensure that our survey results accurately represent the diverse experiences and viewpoints of important stakeholders in your country.

How did you find my email?

We identified the contact information of potential survey respondents using publicly available resources, such as organizational websites and directories, international conference records, Who’s Who International, and public profiles on LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter.

Who is administering this survey?

This survey is being implemented and hosted by AidData, a research lab at at the College of William and Mary.

 

Who will use the data collected in this survey?

Independent analysis of the survey results will be conducted and published by researchers from the College of William & Mary. Our analysis of the survey results will also be shared with survey participants.

 

Who will be able to see my responses?

All of your responses to this survey will be kept strictly confidential. The survey findings will only be used in a statistical summary and will never be associated with your name.

Only members of the research team at The College of William & Mary will be able to identify your individual responses during the data collection, cleaning, and analysis  process.

In the event that members of our research team at the College of William & Mary engage in collaborative research activities with a third party, individual survey response data will only be shared only after name, email, organization, and other personally-identifiable information has be removed.

 

How will this survey help my country?

The survey is designed to give voice to those who are making and shaping policies and programs in low-income and middle-income countries. As such, its provide a unique opportunity to help domestic and international organizations more effectively support the development priorities of policymakers and practitioners in your country.

The results from this survey will be shared with survey participants, as well as key decision-makers and stakeholders in your country  We will also share our findings with a wide range of donor agencies and international organizations that work in your country.

 

Do you offer a printable or paper copy of the survey questionnaire?

We do not. The questions that we pose to participants in the survey are tailored to their individual experiences.  Whereas an active and responsive online questionnaire design allows for this type of customization, a traditional paper questionnaire does not. For this reason, we can provide only an online questionnaire, and we encourage you to complete the survey via the link provided in the email you received. Further questions about questionnaire access or technical difficulties can be addressed to brad.parks@aiddata.org.

 

Can I use my smartphone?

This survey is formatted for use on a large screen. For this reason, we recommend that you do not use a smartphone or other handheld mobile device. While it is possible to complete the survey on a small screen, we believe your experience will be more enjoyable on a computer or full size tablet (e.g., a regular iPad).