Managing and Training Enumerators

The goal of a contingent valuation (CV) researcher is to gauge the attitudes and perceptions of a study population and to listen carefully to respondents' voices. The messages from the respondents to the researcher are filtered through the enumerators. The team of enumerators can thus be viewed as an instruments for listening to people. Unless this team of enumerators is well trained and committed, it is next to impossible for the CV researcher to accomplish her objectives. There will inevitably be some static of "noise" in the people's messages as they are transferred from respondents to the researcher, but good enumerators can help minimize distortions. It is not an exaggeration to say that the primary job of the CV researcher, after designing the questionnaire itself, is to train and manage the team of enumerators.

 

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