RAPID SURVEY COURSE
Various handouts were posted for the EPI 418 class, some to assist with analysis, others to show the forms and schedules used in a rapid survey in Los Angeles, and still others to help with the interview training.

Because rapid surveys are done in a short time span, training of interviewers must also be done quickly, typically involving no more than one day. Once the survey interview schedule has been created, a few people with a sense of fun get together and make up unusual characters to be interviewed, along with their responses. Each potential interviewer is then assigned a character, with a guiding script. The participants are told to become actors, and to interview each other. At the end of the training session, the person organizing the rapid survey holds a group discussion in which details of the survey schedule and interview techniques are discussed and if necessary, corrected.

The example used in the EPI 418 class was a rapid survey done in Myanmar many years earlier. The training material helped the class become familiar with the Myanmar setting and the selected variables. The final problem, typically done independently by two groups on the last day of the class, uses real data from the actual Myanmar study. This final problem is described under "Problems" in the column at right.
Analysis Assistance
Chart with Point Estimate and Confidence Interval
Converting Epi Info Files to Stata Files
Analysis of Surveys with EpiInfo and Stata
Use of Weights in Household Cluster Surveys
Merging Cluster Data
Forms and Schedules
Used in Young Child Immunization Survey (Los Angeles, Ref. 15-16)
Interview Training and Other
Defining Study Objectives (self-study guide)
Training Interviewers/Examiners (guidance for in-class role playing)
Example characters for Interview Training (scripts for in-class role playing)
Interview Training forms (for participants in role playing exercise)
Interview Training check list (to make sure all characters are interviewed)

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