Wednesday, June 25, 2014

30 June 2014: Innovations in Data Collection: The Chitwan Valley Family Study in Nepal

Dirgha Ghimire
University of Michigan and ISER-Nepal

The Chitwan Valley Family Study (CVFS) is an 18-year old, multi-level, panel study of communities, households, and individuals based on multi-mode, mixed-methods data collection built around cutting-edge, computer-assisted personal interviewing (CAPI) and mobile phone technologies. CVFS serves as a unique laboratory based at ISER-N for interdisciplinary social and economic research in the heterogeneous, high-mobility setting of the Chitwan Valley in Nepal’s Inner Terai region. CVFS investigates the impact of this rapidly changing context on family formation using a combination of ethnographic, archival, geo-spatial, and survey methods. CVFS tracks domestic and international migrants and provides continuous measurement of community change going back seven decades and backed by 17 years of monthly demographic event data. CVFS data are available through ICPSR, the Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research at Michigan,

Dr Ghimire will discuss CVFS design and its evolution, including tracking respondents over time and space and the use of innovative life history calendars for data collection using multi-level retrospective histories and measurements between panels. He will describe how CAPI makes it possible to collect high-quality panel data in less-than ideal field conditions but with active, real-time survey management at ISER-N and Michigan.

As panel studies around the world have shown, understanding the consequences of rapid social, economic, and environmental change for policy design, implementation and monitoring has become critical in all settings. Dr Ghimire will explore how the innovative design and execution of CVFS can be useful for similar cultural settings, such as in India.

Date: June 30, 2014
Time: 03:30 P.M.

NCAER Conference Room
National Council of Applied Economic Research
Parisila Bhawan, 11, Indraprastha Estate
New Delhi-110002(INDIA)


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Please join us for tea after the seminar. For queries, please contact Ms Sudesh Bala at or on 011-2345-2669.

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