The NASS Mountain RFO held a productive CAPI (Computer-Assisted Personal Interviewing) Training Workshop on August 28-29, 2014 in Loveland, Colorado. More than 50 NASDA supervisors and enumerators from Colorado and Wyoming attended the workshop.
The purpose of the workshop was to help NASS staff and NASDA enumerators become more proficient in using the CAPI/iPad system through ongoing educational and technical training. NASDA enumerators use Apple’s iPad as the data entry device to display NASS survey questionnaires and enter survey data during their visits with agricultural producers. More than 3,000 NASS surveys are now available in the CAPI system and all states have been trained and are using the technology to collect agricultural data. During the workshop, Pam Hird and the CAPI Training Team reviewed CAPI procedures, data entry, troubleshooting and upcoming technical enhancements. NASDA’s Charlie Ingram addressed administrative and management issues, including electronic timesheets.
An important part of CAPI is the security of data. Since NASS data is strictly confidential (as required by law), the CAPI/iPad technology has several high layers of security. For example, no data is stored on the iPad—all data is directly transmitted to the NASS field office—and the operating system is passcode protected and double encrypted. CAPI is one of the ongoing enhancements and efficiencies in how NASS and NASDA enumerators collect survey data as technology and computer systems continue to advance.
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