Reasons to do a survey(go to Outline)
Surveys can be time-consuming and expensive activities. As a result, surveys should be done to answer program-oriented questions:
- Include only information useful to design or revise interventions
- Do not include information which is just "of interest" or already proven or obvious
Answers to such program-oriented questions may be necessary to:
- Determine need for new program
- Help design new program
- Evaluate existing program
Surveys may also be done to gather data to use to advocate for additional resources in order to meet the needs of a neglected emergency-affected population.
The survey done in Badghis Province, Afghanistan was the first assessment done in a relatively neglected province.