The Prospects of Computer Assisted Self-Interviewing in Group Settings in Developing Countries: A Comparison Between a Tablet- and Paper-Based Survey Among Secondary School Teachers in Côte d’Ivoire and Kenya

Line Kuppens, Arnim Langer


This paper assesses the advantages of switching from paper-and-pencil self-administered questionnaires (PAP-SA) to computer-assisted self-interviews (CASI) in the context of group-administered surveys in developing countries. In order to highlight the advantages of switching from a PAP-SA to a CASI approach, we compare two surveys, which the authors conducted among secondary school teachers in Côte d’Ivoire and Kenya, respectively. In addition to the advantages, which have been associated with the use of interviewer-assisted surveys in Western contexts, we found that the use of tablets was received enthusiastically by our Kenyan respondents, even by respondents who had no prior experience using tablets. The quality and duration of our Kenyan survey was not compromised either by respondents’ lack of prior exposure to electronic devices, such as tablets.


self-administered survey; tablet-based survey; Africa

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