As in the case of the monthly household survey, the committee was unable to obtain an estimate of the total cost for any given targeted survey because BTS staff time is not itemized. Funding for the targeted surveys is provided by BTS and the modal administration requesting the survey. In some instances the BTS contribution is “in kind” and consists of staff time to conduct a range of survey-related tasks.22 In other cases, BTS also provides funds for the survey. The reported costs of targeted surveys range from $125,000 to $745,000.

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The BTS role in targeted surveys includes assisting the modal administrations in designing and developing survey questionnaires, advising on sampling procedures, monitoring the survey process, and assisting in data analysis.



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