Do your surveys make sense?

How can we be confident that the surveys we develop are meaningful in the real-world and translate accurately across languages and sociocultural settings?

As part of the development of a novel Food Environment profiling tool, the Food Systems theme of the Action Against Stunting Hub is currently conducting ‘cognitive interviews’ to assess the extent to which core survey concepts (e.g. activity space and affordability) and answer formats (e.g. Likert scales) are meaningful to mothers who have the responsibility of household food acquisition in Hyderabad, India, and Lombok, Indonesia.

In this Food Systems seminar, we explored the key methodological challenges associated with validating a novel Food Environment tool in India and Indonesia, including the strategic decisions taken and the formative data collected to prepare for the cognitive surveys. In turn, we shared insights from the initial rounds of interviews, focusing on the generalisable lessons that may help to make similar food environment surveys in comparable food system contexts more meaningful and streamlined in future.



Gregory Cooper – Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Sheffield, UK

Archana Konapur – Post Doctoral Research Associate, ICMR-National Institute of Nutrition, India

Kiruthika Selvaraj – Field Operations Manager, ICMR-National Institute of Nutrition, India

Event details

When: 25 November, 2021 - 10:00 am

Where: Online