Random assignment to a group (picking one of four)

Hi there,

I have been looking on the community and seen some information on selecting a random household sample. And found answer about setting up a roster of the household members and then allowing a random selection of one person from that roster.However, my case is somewhat different. I just would like a selection of one of four options (Man 18-24 years, Woman 18-24 years, Man 25 years or older, Woman 25 years or older) for every survey that we take. So the roster would be pre-populated and the same everyone. Is this also possible? And could someone please explain how to build this in?

One way to go about it is to make this a randomized list of answers to a question and then force the enumerator to always select the first option. But this would mean a that the enumerators need to have a clear understanding about the sampling procedure, and not by eccident consider this an actual question. So it wouldn’t be my preferred choice.

Thanks for your help!


Welcome to the community! Would you mind making a workaround on what has already been discussed earlier:

Have a great day!

Hi Kal_Lam,

I have actually had a look at this already. But it seems slightly different to what we need. I attempted to explain this, but may have not been clear (apologies). I think in this example the enumerator still needs to enter the roster to select the sample from. Whereas I am looking for a simple click the button and get a prompt on which one of the four categories has been assigned. Does this clarify my request?


@Kal_Lam I was wondering whether there is possibly another solution - see message above. Your help would really be appreciated!

Working on this and will be able to share a form that does exactly that.


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