SHARE National Survey Software - Coordination with SHARE National Teams | Munich Center for the Economics of Aging - MEA


01.03.2017 - 31.12.2020 / SHARE - Infrastructure

SHARE National Survey Software - Coordination with SHARE National Teams

This project involves the coordination with Country Teams, Centerdata and Share Central Team during the National CAPI software development phase . Once first national versions of the CAPI are compiled these have to be  locally released in the target regions across various test cases and scenarios. Testing has to be done by teh regional teams to cover as many different interview scenarios as possible. Intensive testing helps to identify bugs in the instrument related to language, missing response options, routing or technical issues. After revising translation issues, unresolved problems are evaluated and resolving ahead of generating new instruments.

In some instances, national version releases  are the only way to detect certain issues which although not evident in the generic CAPI have a generic impact in that the issues have implications across countries. In such situations, it became necessary to unfreeze the generic questionnaire again to rectify these transnational issues. In order to streamline the process and reduce the workload of the national teams, a few countries are used as frontrunners during the testing and release process. This helps ensure that a majority of countries can start translation on a really stable version which had already been proofed by the frontrunner teams. Even after the initial screening it is possible that there are serious country- specific problems which necessitate building up of the questionnaire again. For some countries this can involve several versions and several rounds of testing to be executed before a stable national version could be built up. This can occur not just because of country specific deviations and language specific adaptations but also due to differences in the operating systems and computing environment in different countries. This process is repeated until a robust version of the national CAPI could be used in the main field. There may be several preliminary rounds until the required technical improvements and cuts are incorporated into a final instrument to be used in the field.

Contact Person(s)

Yuri Pettinicchi, Ph. D.