FIELD NOTE: Sarah's first month

Today marks one-month since the start of my summer fellowship with Kouzin Dlo and I am excited to share some milestones!

After two days of interviews with students from the English in Mind Institute in Port-au-Prince, I invited a handful of interviewees to a 3-day intensive training on survey administration. In this meantime, I also hired an advanced English student, Stephanie, as the translator and lead enumerator to ensure better communication during training and research days.

At the end of this training, each participant received an official certificate of completion to add this newly acquired skill to their CV. 

From this pool of trained students, I ultimately hired three enumerators and 1 lead enumerator.

A big welcome to FlorenceJosuéJérôme, and Stephanie!

On Friday July 24th we completed the first round of baseline and midline surveys at the sales agent training session in a new community, Delmas 60. In total, 9 women participated in the training and 5 were interviewed. All women who were asked to participated consented -- which is a major feat!

Overall, it went very smoothly. The baseline surveys were completed in pairs as the participants trickled in during registration. The enumerators and I then spent a couple hours discussing initial impressions and making minor adjustments to the survey based on this first live round of interviews. The midline survey was administered right after the women received their certificates of completion.

‍Between surveys, I also had the opportunity to sit in on part of the training session co-taught by Carline and Beverly. The session was certainly engaging as it included role-play, chlorination demonstrations, and participants switching roles with Carline and Beverly to review what they've learned. I was very impressed!

It was a long day -- 7:30am to 4:30pm -- but I couldn't have asked for a better first survey round. I feel very lucky to have found such a great research team and I am excited to continue working with them throughout the summer!

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Jessica Laporte

Jess graduated in May of 2014 from Tufts University with a degree in International Relations and a concentration in Global Health, Nutrition and the Environment. One month later she was in Haiti launching Community Chlorinators (Kouzin Dlo), as the Co-Founder of the Archimedes Project's first clean water social enterprise. Jess is passionate about social entrepreneurship as a mechanism to allow communities to meet their own needs in an aid dependent society. 

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