I am currently working with our data entry staff to start data entry for my baseline survey. Throughout the day, I keep finding new reasons to be appreciative of the staff, who do a difficult, tedious job while holding themselves to a high standard of accuracy. Here are just a few reasons data entry staff deserve the respect of the research teams they work with:
· They have to learn the logic of a survey in one day that took a week for surveyors to learn.
· They have to work with surveys that have been battered by surveyors, up to three stages of editing, three stages of transportation, and storage in Tamale during dusty harmittan.
· They have to try to decipher surveyor’s sometimes-awful handwriting.
· They have to remember how to consistently enter responses that surveyors record inconsistently.
· They don’t eat lunch till 1:30.
I find this last particularly impressive, as I consider it to be a drastic sacrifice to wait to eat longer than 1. So, thank you to the data entry team!!
I have worked in economic policy and research in Washington, D.C. and Ghana. My husband and I recently moved to Guyana, where I am working for the Ministry of Finance. I like riding motorcycle, outdoor sports, foreign currencies, capybaras, and having opinions.