- Behavioural research/games
- Qualitative data collection
- Electronic data collection
- Programming research instruments
- Data processing and cleaning
- SMS-based data collection
Laterite supports researchers to run behavioural research/games or related experiments in the field, supporting our clients with trained teams, electronic data collection equipment, and robust systems to manage field logistics. Laterite is continuously expanding its capabilities in this area.
Laterite has a team of trained moderators and facilitators that lead qualitative research projects, including conducting key informant interviews, semi-structured interviews, and focus group discussions in the local language.
Laterite also has experience deploying innovative qualitative research methods, such as SenseMaker®, which enables interviewees to self-signify or to “make sense” of their own micro-narratives/stories
Quantitative data collection is conducted using cutting-edge electronic data collection equipment (tablets). From the training of the data team to the piloting of research instruments, preparing survey logistics, programming the tablets, field supervision, data quality back-checks, implementing ethical standards, sound accounting, insurance coverage and complying with in-country legal requirements, Laterite puts a lot of emphasis on ensuring robust data collection processes.
Laterite has conducted large-scale surveys in multiple sectors, including the agriculture, education, gender, labour, social protection, finance, poverty (income/consumption) and telecom sectors. These surveys have included prevalence studies, program evaluations, behavioural games and market research surveys.
Laterite’s research and data teams have extensive experience programming complex surveys onto ODK platforms, such as SurveyCTO and FormHub.
These enable the programming of very flexible surveys, with complicated skip patterns and multi-media. These tools also offer excellent audit functions, including capturing the time and location of the interviews, the duration of each question, and even random audio recordings of selected interviews.
Even if electronically collected, raw data often come with inconsistencies. Our skilled research analysts ensure that all options are well coded, outliers removed, variables and options within them correctly labelled, open questions translated the local language, and the dataset re-shaped or re-organized so that variables match the structure of the survey.
All data will be delivered to the client ready to use, cleaned and labelled in Stata/SPSS and Excel formats.
conTEXT, Laterite's new SMS-based survey platform in Rwanda, combines fast and affordable data collection with expert support on survey sampling, design and analysis. It is the first commercially available SMS survey tool in Rwanda, connected to all 3 MNOs using a short code, with reverse billing & airtime incentives enabled. Clients also have the opportunity to view the data coming in live through an online client portal. By reaching out to many more people, much more frequently and at an affordable cost, this tool will enable your organization to better understand the context it operates in. conTEXT can be used to collect data very quickly, frequently & affordably from project beneficiaries and support staff, country wide. SMS-based surveys enable the collection of a different type of data – small bits, very frequently. It is not a substitute for face-to-face data collection, but a very useful complement.
Electronic Data Collection
Laterite uses Google Android Tablets for data collection. Our team specialises in the coding of surveys into electronic platforms/tablets working with the Survey CTO and Form-Hub platforms. These enable the programming of very flexible surveys, with complicated skip patterns if required, multi-media, and excellent audit functions.
Trained Data Collection TeamLaterite works with a network of over 400 enumerators, field coordinators, moderators and translators, trained by Laterite and with experience working on multiple research projects with Laterite. The enumerators Laterite works with are selected through a competitive process and all have at least a Bachelors degree from a leading local University.
Rigorous Data Quality
We employ a rigorous approach to data quality, including using in-build data quality checks via survey programming, always auditing at least 10% of the sample and, most important of all, ensuring intensive enumerator training. We have an independent Data Quality team that leads this effort.
An Established Infrastructure
Laterite provides all the required infrastructure, logistics and management oversight to conduct large-scale surveys. We train our research teams, coordinate with authorities to obtain the required approvals, organise field logistics and transport, manage data quality and control processes, maintain sound accounting practices, and ensure we have the required insurance policies.
Extensive Field Preparation
We minimise attrition and ensure smooth data collection processes by conducting extensive field preparation, informing local authorities of our survey and recruiting and confirming survey participants in advance of data collection. Field preparation makes a very big difference to the quality of field work.
Ethical Research Protocols
Laterite has strict guidelines on conducting interviews with survey participants, which are reinforced during our training sessions. Our team has experience conducting interviews on sensitive topics and are well-versed interviewing children and adults alike.