We commenced the data collection process with a 3-day state training of supervisors, followed by the local government area training on listing and mapping exercise, in same week. We had a total of 1,440 volunteers that partook in the training; 240 from Lagos, Kano, Taraba, Ebonyi, Plateau, and Akwa Ibom states. We trained the volunteers on assessing children, and the ethics of household assessment. With assistance from the National Popultion Commission (NPopC), the volunteers were also trained on EA location (map reading & updating) and how to carry out a listing exercise. Following the training, volunteers were sent out to conduct the survey and administer the assessment.
The volunteers were guided by supervisors that we identified, in each state. We engaged a total of, at least, 252 supervisors in the 6 states, having 42 supervisors per state. The responsibility of the supervisors was to ensure the success of the survey.
For the scale-up phase, we deployed both the manual data entry method (survey booklet), and a digital data entry method, using the Survey C.T.O tablet. Our key reason for this approach was to test the reliability of the data gathered on the field, comparing both methods. This will help to better inform the us on the more efficient method of the survey.
In each of the 6 states, we covered 6 local governments, 180 enumeration areas, 3,600 households, and an estimate of 10,800 children (average of 3 children per household).