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Learning by design: Lessons from a baseline study in the NAMWASH Small Towns Programme, Mozambique

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posted on 10.08.2021, 01:32 by DJ Barrington, Ryan AdmiraalRyan Admiraal
This paper examines the design and application of a baseline study for a comprehensive water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) intervention in Mozambique. The study was developed to investigate the relationships among key parameters of interest both for comparison to post-implementation data and to contribute to planning the WASH intervention itself. We use this study to discuss key issues surrounding baseline studies. This includes providing guidelines for designing a WASH baseline survey, determining an appropriate sample size, and highlighting key considerations in analysing the survey data, such as incorporating the study design in statistical analyses, post-stratifying, and utilizing geospatial data. We also show how statistical analyses from a baseline survey can be used to inform subsequent surveys. For example, results from this study suggest that in future WASH studies, self-reporting by households should be supplemented by observational or population data to remove or quantify reporting bias, and care must be taken to reduce respondent fatigue. © Practical Action Publishing, 2014.

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Barrington, D. J. & Admiraal, R. (2014). Learning by design: Lessons from a baseline study in the NAMWASH Small Towns Programme, Mozambique. Waterlines, 33(1), 13-25. https://doi.org/10.3362/1756-3488.2014.003

Journal title

Waterlines

Volume

33

Issue

1

Publication date

01/01/2014

Pagination

13-25

Publisher

Practical Action Publishing

Publication status

Published

ISSN

0262-8104

eISSN

1756-3488

Language

en