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KENYA

Key Development Research Involvement

Over the last decade and a half, we have been part of a team that has conducted over 6 national sample surveys, worked with a multiplicity of in-country partners, and provided survey technical assistance in Kenya.

During Round 2 Afrobarometer surveys (2002/2003), we were part of a team that provided technical assistance to Kenya’s first Afrobarometer survey. We especially advised on survey quality assurance during preparations, implementation, data management and reporting. During Round 3 surveys (2005/2006), we centrally managed all Afrobarometer dataset from across 20 countries including Kenya, 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 Institute for Development Studies (IDS) at University of Nairobi, the regional project managers, and the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS), to design and draw nationally representative survey sites in Kenya. The sample is a random, nationally representative, stratified, area-cluster probability sample of the adult (18 years and over) population across County, Urban and Rural strata, with +/- 2% margin of error. The surveys were conducted in language of respondent’s choice including English, Swahili, Kikuyu, Luo, Luhya, Kamba, Kalenjin, Kisii, Meru, Samburu, Masai, and Somali across 47 new Counties in the Provinces of Central, Coast, Eastern, North Eastern, Nyanza, Rift Valley, Western and Nairobi. We worked with KNBS to obtain the most up-to-date census data by County (or old Regions), 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 IDS as well as collaborating with the unit on other studies in the region.

With input into quality assurance, we are honored to have directly contributed to the successful completion of now six (6) Afrobarometer surveys in Kenya, including surveys in 2002, 2005, 2008, 2012, 2015 and 2017.