Investigating multiple household water sources and uses with a computer-assisted personal interviewing (CAPI) survey

Large-scale household surveys common in global monitoring and evaluation do not differentiate between multiple water sources and uses. Research on, and monitoring of, multiple water source use is often perceived as complicated and time consuming using paper and pen interviewing (PAPI). We assessed the advantages of computer-assisted personal interviewing (CAPI) in Pacific Island Countries and compared the efficiency and accuracy of data collection against the PAPI version. We found that CAPI surveys facilitated high-quality data collection and were on average faster, as compared to PAPI. CAPI enables large-scale surveying of multiple water sources and uses, providing greater insight into household water management.

Investigating multiple household water sources and uses with a computer-assisted personal interviewing (CAPI) survey. Morgan C. MacDonald, Mark Elliott, Terence Chan, Annika Kearton, Katherine F. Shields, Jamie Bartram, and Wade L. Hadwen. 2016. Water 8(12): 574. doi:10.3390/w8120574.