Don't spin the pen: two alternative methods for second-stage sampling in urban cluster surveys

@article{Grais2007DontST,
  title={Don't spin the pen: two alternative methods for second-stage sampling in urban cluster surveys},
  author={Rebecca F Grais and Angela M. C. Rose and J. P Guthmann},
  journal={Emerging Themes in Epidemiology},
  year={2007},
  volume={4},
  pages={8 - 8}
}
In two-stage cluster surveys, the traditional method used in second-stage sampling (in which the first household in a cluster is selected) is time-consuming and may result in biased estimates of the indicator of interest. Firstly, a random direction from the center of the cluster is selected, usually by spinning a pen. The houses along that direction are then counted out to the boundary of the cluster, and one is then selected at random to be the first household surveyed. This process favors… CONTINUE READING
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