Appendix A (Example Timeline of Effort by Survey Task)

When bidding for a 3MC survey, it is important for a survey organization to outline how it plans to meet the specified deliverables’ deadlines. This can be achieved by creating a timeline that demonstrates when the survey organization will work on each task of the survey lifecycle and how much effort (i.e., how many hours) is necessary to perform that task.

Below is an example of a timeline with an expected 24-month duration and survey tasks corresponding with each of the Cross-Cultural Survey Guidelines. The shading represents those months in which effort is expected for each of the specified tasks.

Task Month of Survey
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 Total
Study, Organizational and Operational
Survey Quality
Ethical Considerations
Tenders, Bids and Contracts
Sample Design
Questionnaire Design
Instrument Technical Design
Interviewer Recruitment, Selection and Training
Paradata and Other Auxiliary Data
Data Collection
Data Harmonization
Data Processing and Statistical Adjustment
Data Dissemination