Focus Areas

Data Management and Communications

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Inspired by extensive expertise in public opinion polls, IPOR is a leading data management institution in Malawi. It carries out baseline, midlines and end-line surveys as well as other relevant studies employing both qualitative and quantitative techniques. IPOR has expertise spanning the entire survey management cycle. This includes designing survey instruments guided by the overarching question that a client would like to address; fielding applications for ethical clearance to nationally recognizable Institutional Review Boards (IRBs); recruiting survey teams that can be as large as 200 within the shortest time possible through its database and fresh applications; training research assistants in general survey protocols and in relation to a specific survey assignment to collect high quality data; piloting survey instruments and making necessary adjustments informed by pilot experiences; rolling out survey implementation guided by agreed upon sampling procedures using maps from the National Statistics Office (NSO); supervision of the survey implementation exercise using a robust quality control system both in the field and at the office; and data cleaning and analysis including report writing.

IPOR has a competitive edge because it has adequate and up-to-date electronic data capture facilities with in-house capacity for programming using a wide range of software packages such as ODK, Survey To Go and Survey Solutions, Survey CTO and CS-Pro among others. We are equally adept in both qualitative and quantitative data analysis, with familiarity with a range of data analysis software that includes NIVO, Q-Data Miner, SPSS, MS Excel, Stata, R, among others. The main focus of IPOR’s communication portfolio is on dissemination of knowledge products generated from various thematic areas in user friendly formats to various audiences strategically segmented by need.

The main target audiences for IPOR are policy makers across the entire government machinery with the ultimate goal of influencing policy and practice; researchers and consultants; practitioners in the not-for-profit sector; international organizations and development partners; and undergraduate and postgraduate students. IPOR generates a wide range of knowledge products, namely: technical reports, working papers, policy briefs, fact sheets, blogs, journal articles, book chapters and books. These are disseminated through various social media platforms such as twitter, Facebook and Instagram; online and face-to-face conferences and workshops; and specially convened policy dialogue sessions to address contemporary and topical policy issues that require urgent attention and action. Most of these knowledge products are available on our website.