Survey Cost Estimator

Survey Cost Estimator

Demographic and Health survey data collection processes cost estimator a step by step procedures

General Information

1. Fill in the fields with your estimates and the tool will generate a cost estimate for the data collection process for individual, subtotal and grand total costs. Moreover; differential cost for each tool, scalable line graph for differential costs, donut graph for the types of cost and summary information are also presented


2. A question mark sing with a black background ( ) is often found in some of parameters. Hover on them if you need further tips about the corresponding variable and other related information


3. As much as possible please enter the acurate or approximate values for the requested parametres using your previous experiance or recently published documents or research articles


4. The the values availble in the input filed e.g planned sample size 1000 etc are example value please delete those value and enter your actual values accordingly


The first step of the cost estimation is filling the general setting information.


Those information are mandatory information which can be directly or indirectly related to each types of parametres in the next section. In this section information related to the planned sample size, total number of questions in a questionnaire,number of questionnaire pages, travel time and expected response and error rate are needed.



The second step of the cost estimation is filling the personal cost information.


In this section costs which needed for human resource payments need to be included , we used salary per hours as payment mode. Please enter first the time needed in minutes and number of enumerators in the first box . To calculate the personal cost, we should first calculate the over all study hours and time per sample from the travel and interview time.



The third step of the cost estimation is filling the material cost information.


In this section any fixed or non-fixed material cost to be used for your specific research should be filled.The cost items need total amount of material and the specific cost per items. Consumable costs such as stationery and telephone costs are calculated with assumptions of percentage from previous literature. 1.e the percentage of such kinds of costs from the total material costs



The fourth step of the cost estimation is filling the training cost information.


Cost related to training of enumerators and others participants prior to data collection has to be filled. The traning duration , number of participant, perdiem for the participant and the trainers need to be filled.



in the the fifth step of the cost estimation calculated comparative cost estimation outputs will be observed.


You are now to the output section. Click calculate first to see the total costs of all types of cost categories , the differential costs and the total costs. The differential cost is a specific costs for each tool after cancellation of the common costs between the tools.




The six step of the cost estimation: Graphical description of comparative costs


The line graph is dedicated for the differential cost only. The graph shows scalable cost values for the sample size you choose.


The donut graph bellow shows the total costs of each cost categories graphically. The inner circle along its catagories represent the electronic cost while the outer for paper and pen cost. Each color represent the cost catagories in both tools, the red color show the total cost difference among the tools


The seven step of the cost estimation: Concise and short information



This section provide a very concise costs per questionnare and the approximate data collection period with the given number of data collectors and the percentage of cost shares among the cost categories.

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