Rapid Guide to Localizing and Translating Survey Tools

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Date published
01 Nov 2018
How-to / Tutorial / Tips
Participatory data collection, Data quality, Data standards

Data collection is an essential part of humanitarian response. Accurate data gives aid agencies the information they need to design quality programmes and respond effectively to people’s needs. One of the factors that influences whether the collected data is accurate and people can rely on it is the interaction between the data collectors and respondents.

Translators without Borders, in collaboration with People in Need - Indikit -, prepared this guide to help aid agencies prevent language and cultural biases that frequently occur when designing and administering surveys. The field-based tips and tricks offered by this practical guide can help you and your colleagues to gain more reliable data.

The guide is instructive, but not definitive. We know that variations in culture and context create different language issues as well as communication needs and therefore you might need to adjust some of the tips to the context you operate in.