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Top five most-read blogs of 2020

16 December 2020

As we close out 2020, we are sharing our top five most-read blogs of 2020. Whether you are looking for some reading material during the holiday season, or curious to learn more about our work, take a look at our most popular stories this year.

In first place:

Three steps to designing an effective phone survey that reaches respondents

Let’s say that you are in charge of a phone survey. You get a list of phone numbers, sit down in a comfortable chair, and begin making phone calls. Sounds simple enough. It is unfortunately not that easy. In this blog post, you will learn more about the steps, experiments, and findings that have helped us increase our respondent reach, focusing on components of phone surveys.

Successful callback protocol

2. How to maximize phone surveys for remote data collection

Amidst COVID-19, phone surveys provide an efficient and cost-effective opportunity for remote data collection. As of December 2019, our team in India had been leveraging Data on Demand to experiment with phone surveying. In this blog, they share what they learned from India to help others initiate or expand remote surveying methods.

Research phases for piloting

3. Dear Development Community: A letter from IDinsight’s new CEO

On the 1st of June, we officially welcomed Ruth Levine as IDinsight’s new CEO. In this blog, Ruth shares her story and what she looks forward to accomplishing with IDinsight.

Ruth Levine

4. COVID-19 pilot study finds signs of economic distress outside India’s metropolitan areas

After the start of India’s lockdown, our response team leveraged Data on Demand to conduct a rapid survey with 300 respondents from four districts in North India. In this blog, you can read the team’s preliminary findings on the economic impact and health knowledge amidst COVID-19.

Graph and analysis by Raghav Kapoor Adlakha and Andrés L. Parrado

5. Six recommendations for facilitating remote workshops with virtual whiteboards

Because all meetings have gone online during the COVID-19 crisis, we are sharing some recommendations for using virtual whiteboards from a three-day remote workshop with a government partner.

Planning the structure of the whiteboard before the workshop