Capacity and Competencies
One of Palm Associates' strongest points is that not only does it have the relevant skills and experience to implement studies, but it also has, in-house, the capacity to analyze survey data using state-of-the-art statistical and econometric techniques. Palm Associates has got senior research staff that is conversant with common statistical and data management software, such as Stata, SPSS, SAS and CSPro. This level of appreciation of the end-use of the data helps to ensure that the most effective quality assurance systems are put in place throughout the assignment, from design to implementation, analysis and report writing. This plus its strong base in Zambia means that Palm Associates can provide all technical and logistical support needed to run any survey, ranging from recruitment of field and data management personnel to transport hire and field supervision. Its ability to achieve this is further enhanced by the synergistic relationships it enjoys with strategic sister companies in the Palm Group of Companies, as well as its other internal technical competencies
Capacity to Design and Implement Large Surveys
All the major surveys that Palm Associates has conducted over the years are large, most with sample sizes in excess of 2,500 households selected through multi-stage stratified cluster sampling procedures. That is, the surveys have involved, besides household interviews, random selection of clusters or primary sampling units (either through probability proportional to size [PPS] or through simple random sampling [SRS]) and conducting community interviews in each of the selected clusters. Many of these studies have also involved listing of secondary sampling units in each selected PSU and undertaking random selection of secondary sampling units (SSUs) using the sampling frame generated during listing.
Access to a Large Pool of Survey Staff
Palm Associates has also trained and maintains a large database of field researchers, research assistants and data entry personnel required to undertake any large-scale survey from beginning to the end. All our staff has been involved for many years in many large evaluation, baseline and follow up studies. Thus, Palm Associates has all the resources and expertise needed for the proposed study