Data Collection Notes
A pilot survey for the first round was calculated in May 1995 on the basis of about 90 households in the West Bank. It covered main types of households encountered in the full-fledged survey. Thus, it included households from urban areas, from Rural, and from refugee camps, household engaged in self-employment activities, as well as in paid employment, households in the informal sector as well as the formal sector and educated respondents as well as illiterates.
On the basis of the results from the first round in September-October, 1995, the survey questionnaire and the fieldwork forms and procedures were reviewed and modified in order to assure the collection of accurate data.
Training and Recruitment:
The purpose of the training courses was to teach participants the main skills needed to conduct interviews. Two training courses were held, one in Ramallah for the West Bank trainees, and one in Gaza City for Gaza Strip trainees.
Each course consisted of two parts:
one on survey methodology including survey design, questionnaire design, interviewing techniques, and field operations; and one part on specifications of the labour force survey, including concepts and definitions, fieldwork procedures, data collection, editing, coding, tips for asking questions and recording answers, as well as field team organization and field supervision.
The training courses included lectures and field exercises. Each course lasted 3 days, training 11 interviewers and 4 supervisors.
The preparation phase for the LFS included recruiting and training of interviewers and supervisors. The staff on this project participated in previous survey projects at PCBS, and are highly qualified.
The West Bank was divided into three areas (North, Middle and South), each of which was supervised by one field supervisor. Each region consists of a number of districts, and the fieldwork was carried out by one fieldwork team, consisting of 2-3 interviewers.
Gaza Strip was also divided into three areas (North, Middle and South). Fieldwork activities were carried out by one fieldwork team, each consisting of a supervisor, an editor and 3 interviewers.
Special procedures were followed in order to ensure quality control and efficient organization of fieldwork. Such procedures are important for supervising work, as well as for receiving and delivering questionnaires, maps, sample lists in addition to other forms used for management and quality control.
Field operations were conducted in the Palestinian Territory from 13/01/2001 to 12/01/2002. Fieldwork teams were distributed to each area on the basis of the sample size. The number of LFS’ fieldwork team was 18, including the fieldwork coordinator, 4 supervisors, 3 editors, and 10 interviewers including coders.
The week ending on Friday perceding the interviewer’s visit to the household. Intifada rounds consist of four quarters, the first quarter covered the period (January – March/2001).
And second quarter (April-June, 2001) and third quarter (July-September, 2001) and forth quarter (October-December, 2001)