Efficient and Cost-Effective Survey Alternative for Data Gathering
A group of young activists is planning to conduct an opinion survey for millenials regarding the recent spate of extra judicial killings (EJK) in Metro Manila….
Lets say that the said survey is an initiative of a group of cause-oriented, but low-budget youth organization. Their survey sample size is 1,000 and has only two weeks to prepare, including the analysis of their data. Now, here’s the cache, they dont have computers for data processing, no enough enumerators/surveyors, no flashy ID’s to boast for, and most of all, NO BUDGET to start with.
I feel them. I have once felt this level of frustration, sometime during college I was caught empty handed before when my classmates in Communication Research left me in despair because I could no longer contribute to the group’s fund, due to God-knows-what-mahirap-lang-kasi-kami sentiments.
But it didn’t turned out to be as I planned for it. Our leader, ruled out that “members who failed to give contribution for two consecutive weeks” will automatically be kicked-out from the research group.
The good thing is, I failed to contribute three (3) times. And so I was delisted from the group and well, my prospects for finishing the semester hanged by the thread.
1. Mahirap lang ako, walang pang-contribution
2. Katamaran. Tamad kami mag-isip ng alernative na paraan for conducting an efficient platform for survey with minimal cost!
During those times kasi, computers still need bootable discs to function, and cellular phones are a social status symbol, and the minimum transportation fare was P5.00. Now dont you dare ask me of my age! Lets stick with the topic.
Moving on. Fast-forward 2017.
The thing is, we are always engrosed with the development of technology, particularly gadgets, and how it facilitate and expidiate our tasks like computing, analyzing, accounting……and well, dahil hindi pa rin ako maka-move, yes, malaki ang tulong ng technology sa survey!
With the pace of technological breakthroughs that are being introduced to the market, I mean, this “magnanimous” stretch of development in technology, almost everything is possible with just few strokes of our index finger (never mind the middle).
As I have said, we are in this era where circuits and buttons and artificial intelligence have overtaken our usual daily routines. These innovations made our life a lot more automated, and our tasks a bit more anticipated than ever.
see Artificial Intelligence and our Sense of Humanity for further reading.
Now, on surveys. As I have said, my experience in College only proved how difficult it was for students, and even professional researchers, to implement surveys. Buwis buhay lagi ang peg, at ubos-budget naman ang chorus.
I think that the imaginary youth organization I mentioned earlier who will be doing an imaginary survey on EJK, will also agree that it is precisely difficult to implement a project if the enumerators have a very limited survey-time and only have an imaginary budget line. (to be continued….)