In partnership with Mercy Corps, the Immigration Policy Lab is designing and implementing a novel low-cost, automated WhatsApp survey among Venezuelan migrants in Colombia. The survey will generate valuable descriptive data on indicators of household resilience and return migration in the context of a global pandemic. This WhatsApp survey method has been internally adopted by IPA as a potential tool for country offices’ use in remote survey implementation. The research team will also develop a publicly accessible technical manual and reproducible code so that other teams can leverage this novel method for implementing remote-surveys in the future. This will help other researchers implement low-cost remote surveys, which are particularly useful among populations difficult to reach.

Funding for this project was provided by the UK Department for International Development, awarded through IPA's Peace & Recovery Program.

Study Type:
Pilot, Descriptive / Surveillance
Implemented by IPA:
Impact Goals:
Build resilience and protect the financial health of families and individuals; Improve social-safety net responses; Promote peace and safety, and improve humanitarian response; Reduce COVID-19 transmission rates
Outcomes of Interest:
Response rates and attrition over time for WhatsApp surveys, Economic and Health Status of Venezuelan Migrants in Colombia
Data Collection Mode:
SMS; Web
Results Status:
No Results Yet