1) When translating the terms “tensions or conflicts”, make sure that it is clear that these can be at physical and emotional / psychological levels as well as at verbal levels.
2) In addition to providing the indicator value, report separately on the percentage of people who did not experience conflicts a) at home; and b) in the community.
3) If you are conducting aid distributions in several phases (or in several locations), do not wait to do the interviews until all distributions are over. Starting with the post-distribution monitoring immediately after the first phase / location will help you identify potential issues and address them in the remaining distributions/activities.
4) If the aid recipients are primarily men (as the heads of households), it is important that such an assessment is also conducted among female members of the household. This can be done by either using a representative survey or conducting (less resource-demanding) in-depth interviews and focus group discussions with randomly selected female relatives of the aid recipients.
5) Consider crosschecking the findings with the information provided by other stakeholders who might have experienced conflicts, such as local authorities, sellers, or non-beneficiaries.
6) In some contexts, enumerators might encounter people who experienced physical or sexual violence related to accessing or using the provided assistance. Collecting information about such incidents is sensitive and poses risks to the respondents as well as to the enumerators. Take advantage of IndiKit's Rapid Guide to Collecting Survey Data on GBV (see below) to know how to minimize the risk of any harm and ensure the desired quality of collected data.
7) It is important that the enumerators have the same and correct understanding of what “tension” and “conflict” mean and are able to explain it to the respondents, if required. This must be done in a clear and neutral way so that it does not influence the respondent’s answer.