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Key Development Research Involvement

Over the last decade and a half, we have been part of a team that has conducted over 5 national sample surveys, worked with a multiplicity of in-country partners, and provided survey technical assistance in Tanzania.

From Round 3 surveys (2005/2006) we centrally managed all Afrobarometer datasets and samples from across 20 countries including Tanzania, ensuring data quality, internal consistency, item and inter-item coding, and the data dictionary. We also ensured that all data was appropriately weighted to correct for oversampling, among other criteria. 

Since Round 5 (2011/2012) we have worked closely with the Research on Poverty Alleviation (REPOA) in Dar es Salaam, the national partners, and the Tanzania National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), to design and draw nationally representative survey sites in Tanzania. The sample is a random, nationally representative, stratified, area-cluster probability sample of the adult (18 years and over) population across Region, Urban and Rural strata, with +/- 2% margin of error. The surveys were conducted in language of respondent’s choice including Swahili or English across the provinces of Arusha, Dar-es-Salaam, Dodoma, Geita, Iringa, Kagera, Katavi, Kigoma, Kilimanjaro, Lindi, Manyara, Mara, Mbeya, Morogoro, Mtwara, Mwanza, Njombe, Pwani, Rukwa, Ruvuma, Shinyanga, Simiyu, Singida, Tabora, Tanga on Tanzania Mainland and Kaskazini Pemba, Kusini Pemba, Kusini Unguja, Kaskazini Unguja, Mjini Magharibi on the Island of Zanzibar. We worked with NBS to obtain the most up-to-date census data by region, urban and rural, to appropriately allocate the sample. We directly participated in national partner assessment, interviewer training, in-fieldwork supervision and data management.

We have also facilitated at survey and data management workshops organized by REPOA. 

With input into quality assurance, we are honored to have directly contributed to the successful completion of now five (5) Afrobarometer surveys in Tanzania, including surveys in 2005, 2008, 2012, 2015 and 2017.