Volume 25 - Article 22 | Pages 695–722

Constructing a survey over time: Audio-visual feedback and theatre sketches in rural Mali

By Véronique Hertrich, Marie Lesclingand, Martine Quaglia, Amandine Stephan

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Date received:05 Apr 2011
Date published:20 Oct 2011
Word count:7616
Keywords:Africa, communication tools, demographic surveillance system, dissemination, ethical issues, ethics, feedback, Mali
Additional files:Dissemination Slam English (zip file, 99 MB)
 Dissemination Slam French (zip file, 97 MB)
 Sketch Slam English (video_high quality) (wmv file, 318 MB)
 Sketch Slam English (video_low quality) (wmv file, 118 MB)
 Sketch Slam French (video_high quality) (wmv file, 318 MB)
 Sketch Slam French (video_low quality) (wmv file, 118 MB)


Knowledge dissemination is an emerging issue in population studies, both in terms of ethics and data quality. The challenge is especially important in long term follow-up surveys and it requires methodological imagination when the population is illiterate. The paper presents the dissemination project developed in a demographic surveillance system implemented in rural Mali over the last 20 years. After basic experience of document transfer, the feedback strategy was developed through audiovisual shows and theatre sketches. The advantages and drawbacks of these media are discussed, in terms of scientific communication and the construction of dialogue with the target population.

Author's Affiliation

Véronique Hertrich - Institut National d'Études Démographiques (INED), France [Email]
Marie Lesclingand - Université Nice Sophia Antipolis, France [Email]
Martine Quaglia - Institut National d'Études Démographiques (INED), France [Email]
Amandine Stephan - Institut National d'Études Démographiques (INED), France [Email]

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