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The Informant Survey as a Method for Studying Irrigation Systems

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Although informant surveys are probably as old as formal organization, the methodology has only recently been codified and standardized. In its present form, it consists of a questionnaire administered to one or several general (not "key" or specialized) informants, objective questions about the institutional aspects of the social systems under study, and statistical analysis oriented to explicating group-level properties. As such, it is a low cost and appropriate technique for surveying 50 or more communities, districts, bureaucracies, businesses, or other formal organizations. It is illustrated and explained here by two recent studies of communal irrigation systems. Its capacity is greatly enhanced, as is true of all research methods, by harnessing it to an appropriate theoretical frame of reference, and one approach to the study of irrigation systems is outlined.

Affiliations: 1: Cornell University, Ithaca, U.S.A.


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