Advantages of working with ORCA

Based on the lessons we learned from our research experience in Afghanistan, we managed to achieve:

  • Practically tested efficient and effective manuals for field interviewers, field monitoring and back-check/control teams, coders and data entry operators.
  • Network of nearly 1,500 experienced, multi-ethnic and gender-balanced interviewers, managed by 68 Provincial Field Supervisors, and
  • Network of over 100 local monitoring agents (half males and half females) managed by a team of 34 Monitoring Supervisors in all provinces of Afghanistan.

Our field team network is highly trained in research techniques and methods with regular training updates and survey specific training when needed. Our team is well-prepared for outstanding performance even in the most challenging regions of Afghanistan. Training sessions are held separately for the field team and the monitoring/control team and they receive separate instructions from our headquarters to avoid any possible conflict of interest. At ORCA we take all measures to make sure we deliver on our promises. Our headquarters are located centrally in Kabul equipped with computer networks, in-house data entry and analysis including audio and video analysis of qualitative data such as focus groups and in depth interview discussions. Our regional offices are located in Herat, Mazar-e-Sharif, Jalalabad, and Kandahar

One stop shop open 24 by 7 for Data Collection needs: We have the expertise and experience to execute any study by providing best data collection services and to help client in strategic decision making. We value our commitment to quality data collection, local knowledge and understanding, and client satisfaction with each project we undertake.

24 by 7 Responsiveness: We benchmark ourselves on our promptness in our communication and response to your requests. We understand that you have changes in the last minute, and we are eager to help.

Expertise in Project planning: Project planning is the most basic and vital component of any successful research. Our team of skilled professionals helps us understand better a client’s requirement and come up with a robust design. Strong consulting background of our top management ensures high quality data. We simply put attention to details which makes a big difference.

Flexible approach: At ORCA, we understand that no two requirements are alike. To provide best result to the clients, we work in the most flexible manner. Aligning with client goals we offer our clients the option of multiple methodologies. Our staff comprises of culturally diverse group of individuals with backgrounds in survey research.

Grade of excellence: Quality is at the heart of everything we do. Our quality management professionals ensure we meet the highest industry standards. We believe in providing results in lesser time than expected without compromising upon the quality. We understand the importance of maintaining the highest industry standards, because your ability to make informed decisions depends on the information we deliver.

ORCA’s Consulting Process:

  1. Identify and clarify primary research goals:
    Establishing precise research goals is always a vital first step in successful full-service market research.
  2. Develop a research strategy and approach:
    The clearer the goals of the research are, the easier it is to formulate a strategy to meet those goals.
  3. Research Design:
    In designing the details of a research project, ORCA consultants consider the objectives of the study, the nature of the target audience and the resources that are available to complete the project.
  4. Collect the data:
    Data collection or survey fielding is the stage where the questionnaire or survey instrument is used to gather information from specific sample segments. This involves:
  • Sampling Strategy
  • Questionnaire Development
  • Data-Collection Methods
  • Focus Groups
  • In-Depth Interviews
  • Executive Interviews
  1. Data analysis:
    ORCA analysts are experienced with all standard analytical methods used commonly in business and social science research.
  2. Reports and presentations:
    Reports include a summary of the results, an interpretation of the data, a discussion of the implications of the information, and suggestions for further review.