Method of tracking the displaced: A lesson from The Study of the Aftermath of Tsunami and Recovery in Indonesia

Bondan Supraptilah, SurveyMETER
Cecep S. Sumantri, SurveyMETER
Wayan Suriastini, SurveyMETER

Using the data from The Study of the Tsunami Aftermath and Recovery in Indonesia (STAR) this paper aimed to demonstrate the use of multiple informant report and other protocols in the process of determining whether respondents are alive or dead and finding respondents that have scattered throughout the tsunami affected areas and sought opportunities outside the damaged zone. The paper will further illuminate the success at completing interviews and differences in the results between the tsunami affected areas versus the non tsunami areas. The reasons underlying the success at tracking under difficult condition will be discussed and we will demonstrate the contribution of long distance tracking in increasing the chance of finding and interviewing respondents. This paper will also show the special procedures namely the use of multiple informant reports and will document the advantages in tracking the displaced in comparison to the regular method of tracking with single informant.

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Presented in Session 66: Obtaining data on special populations: survey techniques and sampling methodologies for developing countries