2015 Community Police Perception Survey

Terms of Reference

Collection of data towards community-police perceptions in Timor-Leste

The Asia Foundation is seeking a consulting firm that has the capacity to conduct a national opinion survey across Timor-Leste that will elicit public views towards safety and security, investigate justice seeking behavior and measure the PNTL’s community policing capacity – thus informing a broader Foundation initiative that aims to support community-oriented policing within Timor-Leste’s PNTL. The study is to be conducted in February 2015, and will target a random sample of approximately 5,760 respondents from across all 13 districts of Timor-Leste.

 

Background

The security sector in Timor-Leste has grown tremendously since formal independence in 2002, with entirely new institutions having been created, developed and strengthened. Significant investment has gone into the Polísia Nasional Timor Leste (PNTL) in particular, and there has been marked improvement in the capacities of the institution. Significant weaknesses still remain in the government’s capacity to provide a safe and secure environment for its citizens, but most signs point towards increasing stability and a more secure environment for the country. With decreasing concerns by the state to respond to destabilizing security events, there has been a shift towards community policing and other security approaches that respond to the ongoing needs and expectations of most Timorese citizens.

In 2013, the Foundation conducted its second nationwide survey of Timorese citizens to gather first-hand opinions on a wide variety of contemporary local security and police-related issues. The survey targeted three distinct respondent groups – officers of the PNTL, members of the general public and community leaders, with the survey undergoing a geographic expansion to include oversampling in six districts.

Drawing on the same three respondent groups targeted in 2013 (PNTL officers, members of the general public and community leaders) a third quantitative study involving both a national public perceptions survey on security and policing as well as a perceptions survey of the police will take place in 2015. Building on the six districts targeted in 2013, the 2015 survey will conduct population oversamples in all 13 districts (and all sub-districts) of Timor-Leste towards an overall sample size of 5,760 respondents (of which will comprise 3,705 general public respondents, 1305 PNTL officers and 750 community leaders)

The 2015 survey will use questions from 2013 and 2008 to track changes in indicators over the last several years, while including additional lines of questioning to gauge the current context.

 

Responsibilities

The consulting firm will be required to collect and analyse data using specific indicators that target Timor’s national population. Each questionnaire is estimated to take approximately 40 minutes and will be conducted using a Samsung Galaxy tablets, which will be provided for by The Asia Foundation. The successful consulting firm will be required to:

  1. Recruit numerators to conduct the survey targeting 5,760 respondents;
  2. Train enumerators in questionnaire familiarization and interview technique, as well as in the use of tablet-based questionnaires;
  3. Arrange logistics, conduct interviewer training and upload (to an online cloud) results from a pilot – test in the districts of Dili and Liquica;
  4. Provide transport of enumerators to all 13 districts, conduct and supervise field work, using questions provided by the Foundation;
  5. Upload collected information to a secure online cloud on a daily basis, to ensure that quality control measures are upheld; and
  6. In the event that quality control measures have not been complied with (as identified by the Foundation), conduct re-interviews to ensure that submitted data remains of the highest quality.
  7. Submit two fieldwork reports detailing the survey process, and any challenges that were encountered.

 

Timeline and Deliverables

The successful research firm will be asked to complete the data collection within 5 weeks of a contract being signed. The Asia Foundation requires that the dataset be made available by the second week of March, 2015. In terms of deliverables, the research firm, within this period, will be required to:

  1. Train enumerators in questionnaire familiarization and interview technique, as well as in the use of tablet-based questionnaires;
  2. Arrange logistics, conduct interviewer training and upload (to an online cloud) results from a pilot – test in the districts of Dili and Liquica;
  3. Upload collected information to a secure online cloud on a daily basis, to ensure that quality control measures are upheld;
  4. In the event that quality control measures have not been complied with and/or enumerator fraud has been identified by the Foundation, conduct re-interviews in replacement aldeias (as per assigned by The Asia Foundation) to ensure that submitted data remains of the highest quality; and
  5. Submit two fieldwork reports detailing the survey process, and any challenges that were encountered.

Application

Applications by interested consulting firms should include a:

  1. Summary of the applicant’s relevant experience;
  2. Work plan detailing the training, implementation and submission of collected perception-survey data; and
  3. Budget inclusive of enumerator questionnaire familiarization field implementation, data collection, and submission of collected data to The Asia Foundation

Deadline for submissions7 January, 2015

Please submit your application either in email to gobie.rajalingam@asiafoundation.org or in hard-copy to the Foundation’s office in Bebonuk, Dili.

 

 

Contacts

The implementing agency will be required to liaise closely with relevant Foundation staff.  Final approvals and oversight will be handled by both Mr. Todd Wassel, Director of Safety and Security Programs, The Asia Foundation, and Mr. Gobie Rajalingam, Program Innovation Specialist, The Asia Foundation, Timor-Leste.

Key contact information:

Gobie Rajalingam gobie.rajalingam@asiafoundation.org