QUALITY ASSURANCE

ATR’s multi-layer Quality Assurance system takes advantage of its staffing structure which maintains a strict separation between project staff and quality assurance staff.

ATR’s policy for handling fraudulent data is one of zero tolerance. Data that does not successfully pass quality assurance checks will be automatically discarded and recollected. Where necessary, ATR will aim to oversample in each catchment area to ensure that sample size not be a constraint on the statistical validity of the findings. The figure below provides an example of the 16 primary elements of ATR’s quality assurance process. These steps are considered a baseline in all comprehensive studies and may be tailored and enhanced according to the specific needs of a project.
ATR utilizes NoteCam to geotag its photographs for quality assurance purposes. The tags include latitude, longitude, elevation, as well as a time stamp and the possibility to enter notes describing the subject of the photograph. Additionally, the service includes multicoloured text in the bottom right-hand corner verifying that the tag was produced by NoteCam.
Using NoteCam to Geotag photos
Likewise, when conducting surveys, ATR collects GPS coordinates and time stamps at the start and end of data collection. This helps to ensure that the surveyors spent an appropriate amount of time conducting the interview and remained on site (rather than going somewhere to collect the GPS point but then leaving to fill in the survey on their own).
GPS coordinates from data collection

The figure below provides an example of an instance where ATR’s use of GPS tracking allowed for the identification improper data collection. The straight line obviously demonstrated a violation of ATR’s random walk sampling protocols. Upon auditing, further wrongdoing was identified and data recollected.

ATR has newly adapted ArcGIS online to verify the location of each enumerator and ensure diverse data collection in the target area.

Expertise

Migration & Forced Displacement

Migration and forced displacement have become among the most challenging and high-profile issues facing the international community in recent years. Learn more

Civil Society, Gender, & Youth

ATR has been involved in nurturing the civil society sector so that it may better represent the interests of the population and develop into a legitimate and effective partner. Learn more

Infrastructure & Rural/Urban Development

ATR’s staff brings a wealth of experience in urban development, whether at the ministerial or community level. Learn more.

Conflict & Governance

ATR’s credibility in conflict and governance has been built through years of delivering quality outputs and a wealth of experience. Learn more

Education

ATR has been engaged in mapping, assessing, and building the capacity of local education departments to better involve the community. Learn more.  

Health

Health and healthcare are intimately related to their social, cultural, economic, geographic, and political context. ATR provides a deep understanding of these factors. Learn more

Labor Market Analysis

ATR assesses existing skills and opportunities in the labor market to help organizations tailor training and other interventions. Learn more.

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