Regular training meetings are scheduled with National Research Coordinators to ensure that all tasks they need to undertake in-country are understood and can be cascaded to relevant staff. See Survey Administration for an overview of this process.
Participants from 25 countries attended the meeting. The meeting acted as a first briefing and provided National Research Coordinators with a good understanding of the necessary tasks required for the implementation of the survey. SurveyLang gave an overview of the number and range of personnel needed to accomplish these tasks providing National Research Coordinators with enough information to draw up a budget for the survey and set up teams with the relevant skills and experience.
The following work areas were covered:
Each session was specifically designed to present an outline of National Research Coordinators’ responsibilities for each of the work areas. A large part of each session was dedicated to discussion and questions to ensure all participants had the opportunity to seek clarification and also share their experiences of working on similar surveys. The sampling, questionnaire and language testing sections also reported on feedback and information received from different stakeholders including National Research Coordinators, illustrating how this information was used to inform future developments. A demonstration of Gallup’s WebTrans system in the translation session gave a practical and lively illustration of the more theoretical part of the presentation.
National Research Coordinators were provided with practical rather than theoretical training. The sessions involved working on-line on the sampling and translation web-based systems and practising on real tasks. This provided National Research Coordinators with the opportunity to ask SurveyLang experts in sampling and translation any questions that they had and to discuss any country-specific concerns about sampling or translation.
This training session focused on test administration activities both before, during and after the Field Trial. Sessions covered the Testing Tool, data handling, coding and post-Field Trial reviewing procedures, as well as step-by-step guides from the perspective of various project roles. Very positive feedback was received on the usefulness of the training session as well as the atmosphere at the event.
This training was for the Marking of Writing Team Leaders for each test language within each country rather than the NRCs. Sessions introduced markers to the mark scheme, as well as the principles behind it, and opened out into lively and engaging practice sessions.
This training session provided feedback on the Field Trial and analysis of results. National Regional Coordinators reflected on their Field Trial experiences and looked ahead to the Main Study with an eye to improving practice and ensuring the Main Study was well prepared.
This was the last training session held before the Main Study commenced and so looked at final preparations and key steps leading up to the Main Study. This training also looked at tasks immediately after the administration and NRCs were shown how to enter the data and ask any questions related to data collection and analysis.
This training was similar to the sessions held the previous year and trained the Marking of Writing Team Leaders in how to mark Main Study Writing scripts. The aim was to standardise training and to maintain high standards across each of the five languages.
Summaries of future meetings will appear on this page.