EnGendering Data, the new blog on collecting and analyzing sex-disaggregated data, has a new post from Carmen Diana Deere discussing important considerations when interviewing male and female heads of households.
The traditional survey protocol of interviewing only one person—usually the self-reported household head—assumes perfect information within the household and that the head knows about all of the economic activities of other household members. But recent studies show that self-reporting provides better information than using a proxy. For example, husbands may underestimate wives’ incomes and thus total household income. Given gender roles, spouses may also have different perceptions about each other’s contributions.
Read the full post, “Interviewing spouses: separately or together?” here.
Browse more useful posts offering guidance on best practices in sex-disaggregated data from the EnGendering Data blog here.