Respondents don’t just stay at the field site – they move around over time. In rural areas, especially, members of the household often migrate to nearby cities or urban areas in search of work. But what happens when we are required to conduct a baseline, midline as well as an endline study in the same location with the same respondents? You may not find your respondents in their home all year round. And this is exactly what happened with us!
We were conducting an endline study in Rajasthan in November, but just couldn’t find the baseline respondents we had surveyed earlier. We knocked on their homes only to find from the family members that the original respondent had migrated either to Gujarat to harvest cotton or to Punjab to sow wheat.
The lesson we learnt: Look at migration patterns and cropping cycles before deciding on study phases!
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