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  • Julia Berazneva

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    1. Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, USA
    • Correspondence to: Julia Berazneva, 438 Warren Hall, Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853, USA.


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  • I am grateful to Brian Dillon, David Lee, and Joachim De Weerdt for their helpful comments, to Steve Knapp for the idea to record the household surveys and to Viddah Wasonga for her excellent help with the idea's execution. The research described in this paper was supported by the World Agroforestry Centre and the David R. Atkinson Centre for a Sustainable Future, Cornell University. Funding was provided by the Fondation des Fondateurs, the Mario Einaudi Centre for International Studies and College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell University, and the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association. References to ‘we’ in the paper apply to the author and members of her fieldwork team. Any errors are the author's.


The use of audio recording technology in the collection of quantitative household survey data in developing countries offers many benefits at a low cost. The benefits include ensuring that interviews take place, training and supervision of enumerators, assuring data quality, secure data storage, and easy data sharing, among others. This paper describes the use of audio recording by a research project that collected household level data in rural western Kenya in 2011–2012. I discuss the benefits of audio recording, both anticipated and encountered, as well as the costs and the applicability of this method in other research settings. Copyright © 2013 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.