Alternatives to conducting new surveys
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In addition to surveys, there are many other methods of data collection. Before deciding to do a survey, ask yourself if your questions could be answered better by another type of data collection, such as:
- Prospective surveillance
- Secondary data collection, including the results of previous surveys
- Programme data
- Food market monitoring
- Qualitative assessments
- Rapid assessment
If another type of data collection could answer your question, it may be a better method. If this is true, perhaps a survey is not the best thing to do in this situation.
Subsequent material in this course will provide more information on some of these other types of data collection, as indicated by the hyperlinks above.