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close this bookLocally Generated Printed Materials in Agriculture: Experience from Uganda and Ghana - Education research paper No. 31 (DFID, 1999, 132 p.)
close this folder5. Phase I: The findings of the postal survey
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View the document5.1 Analysis of survey respondents
View the document5.2 Formation and aims of groups
View the document5.3 Socio-economic status of target communities
View the document5.4 Sharing of Information
View the document5.5 Access to sources of information


The postal survey sought to establish a broad base of facts about groups and organisations known to share information at grassroots level and to determine areas of interest upon which to base more in-depth research. The overall response rate to the postal survey was 49%; a total of 414 forms were sent out, 203 responses were received of which 6 were invalid.4 Survey responses were returned from 49 countries (they were sent to 61 countries). Appendix C shows the national distribution of survey responses.

4 Invalid responses included one group saying their work had changed, one respondent had retired, one form was incomplete, two groups were no longer known at that address, one letter of apology believing it was too late to return the form.

Encouragingly, several organisations commented that they had not only enjoyed completing the questionnaire but that it had helped them reconsider their mode of operation. One even said that filling in the survey form had helped them rethink their priorities in producing materials.