Frequently asked questions about the Survey

1. I only know answer to some questions, can I still submit the questionnaire which is partly filled in?

Yes! Indeed, very few individual experts know answers to all the questions. Answers from different experts/organizations/agencies will be consolidated for further analysis.


2. Can I invite other experts to fill in the questionnaire together?

Yes, you are encouraged to do so because very few individual experts know answers to all the questions. Information and expertise by different experts may provide more accurate answers.


3. Do you have a cut-off date for submission of the filled-in questionnaire?

Ideally, we hope to receive the filled-in questionnaire by 31 January 2015. However, you can always submit the filled-in questionnaire at any time because your answer may help further cross-check the accuracy of data and information we have gathered.


4. Can I remain anonymous?

Yes. You can be assured that no individual name will be released in the study report. However, please do provide us with your contact details as we may contact you for further information or clarification.


5. My country is a member of both ECA and ESCWA, do I have to pick either ECA or ESCWA focal point for any inquiry?

You can send your inquiry to either focal points. An internal coordination mechanism among these organizations has been put in place, and you inquiry will be answered. Indeed, if you are not certain about to whom you can contact, you can always contact the focal point from ESCAP.


6. You may receive a number of questionnaires filled in by different experts/agencies from the same country. Do you take the mean or median to transform individual survey answers into country-level information?

No, we do not. It is not a popular vote but rather it is a fact-finding process. What we do is that we spend (often) significant amount of time and efforts for cross-checking, verifying and validting data. For example, the ESCAP team follows a three-step approach for data collection and validation: 1) data submission by experts; 2) Data verification by the UN regional commission secretariat, and Data validation by national governments.