We finished our first day of randomized data collection on Saturday. After our test of the survey, we made a few small adjustments, but it continued to do really well out in the field. On Saturday, we went the whole day and got a lot of observations. We canvassed my neighborhood including the fishing village at one end of it. I am not directly participating in the survey and letting our research assistants collect the data. What we do is first meet in the morning and then for lunch to discuss the protocol. I remain in the area we are canvassing in case they need any help or have questions. Since we were in my neighborhood today, I know a lot of the people and just walked around and said hi to my friends. I even got into a heated basketball game with the kids and I saw one this morning on his way to school and all I heard were shouts of "American"! Ha, too good. At least he gets it right. (These kids are so tough...playing in bare feet with no problem when I land on their foot. I love the grit.)
In the afternoon I checked on the data collection and saw they were making great progress. I then walked around and sat down to rest. Had a nice break to drink some water and even said a prayer with a Muslim man sitting next to me. Good times and even better people in the Cote d'Ivoire.
John Doces. Je vous écris de la Côte-d'Ivoire en Afrique.