Surveys and Research

We design, implement, interpret and disseminate the results of various types of representative surveys, operations research and comparative studies.


We have the capacity to design, implement and analyse a variety of surveys. We apply state of the art sampling techniques providing representative data in the most cost-effective fashion. Based on many years of survey implementation experience we optimize data collection, entry and management with a high level of quality control and provide comprehensive data analysis including measures of equity and complex analytical modelling. We interpret results in the context of the given situation with triangulation of results based on other relevant publications and provide comprehensive and easy to understand reports. 

  • For population-based surveys, we can deliver standardized modules such as those from Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS) or Multi Indicator Cluster Surveys (MICS) or specialized surveys for particular diseases with assessment of bio-markers or anthropometry as well as socio-economic parameters and social determinants of outcomes.
  • We also provide technical guidance in developing facility based surveys to assess quality of care, facility readiness for health services, exit interviews or mystery client surveys.
  • We offer unique expertise in the design and implementation of health commodities retail market surveys to assess market and pricing profiles and trends in market development.

Operations research and comparative studies:
Operations research is a particular strength of Tropical Health. While core staff has in-depth experience in all aspects of malaria control, we offer support in many other areas of health in general (health system strengthening, reproductive health, maternal, neonatal and child health, nutrition) and disease control in particular (e.g. tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS, neglected tropical diseases). Our research portfolio includes qualitative work as well as all aspects of quantitative studies from cluster-randomized control trials to quasi-experimental study designs and purely observational studies.