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Solomon Islands Government RAMSI People's Survey

Survey takers heading into the field

ANUE conducted the Solomon Islands People’s Survey – an annual examination of perceptions of economic conditions, governance and law and order in the Solomon Islands.

The Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI) is a partnership between the Solomon Islands people, Solomon Islands Government (SIG) and 15 countries of the Pacific.

Funded by the Australian and New Zealand Governments, RAMSI is helping the Solomon Islands lay the foundations for long-term stability, security and prosperity through support for improved law, justice and security; more effective, accountable and democratic government; stronger, broad-based economic growth; and enhanced service delivery.

To gauge the effectiveness of RAMSI, AusAID requested the services of ANUedge to conduct the Solomon Islands People’s Survey between 2006 and 2013. In response, ANUE devised a survey that would statistically capture the effectiveness and public acceptance of RAMSI by measuring people’s perceptions, rather than facts.

The multi-million project involved four annual workshops with SIG and RAMSI participants to identify core priorities, data and information required from the survey. 

ANUE liaised with the National Statistics Office (NSO) to identify statistically representative samples to survey, then designed the survey method – and the qualitative and quantitative questions – to meet SIG and RAMSI priority information needs.

Despite the challenges of difficult survey objectives and a complicated environment, ANUedge captured substantial data which was analysed to identify measurable trends. The resulting People’s Survey report disseminated information in a meaningful way as to clearly illustrate RAMSI’s progress.

The report has been provided to the Solomon Islands Government and will be used by the Government and advocacy groups to inform future policies as well as both physical infrastructure and human resources development.