Conducting surveys has been a core element of Nova’s operations since its inception in 1994. Up to date we have conducted more than 140 surveys in more than 80 communities and rural villages throughout South Africa. This adds up to more than 750 000 questionnaires completed and interviews held.


Nova recruits and trains people from the study community to become the fieldworkers for a survey. In this way we are not only gaining knowledge from the community, but also giving knowledge and skills back to the community. Over the years we have developed a set of fixed surveys – both quantitative and qualitative – that we conduct most often, but we can at any time conduct ad hoc surveys in any format (questionnaires, interviews, site observations) and designed according to a client’s specific needs.

Detailed Energy Survey (DES)


The DES focusses on households’ energy usage habits

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The PIQOLA instrument focussing on a QOLA domain of particular interest

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General Household Survey (GHS)


The GHS is a comprehensive, questionnaire-based survey that collects data about respondents’ demographics

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Quality of Life Assessment (QOLA)


The QOLA is a set of three qualitative questionnaires conducted with individual households

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The KPT is a test used in household cook stove projects to evaluate the real-life performance of a solid fuel stove

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Air Pollution and

Health Surveys


Such surveys typically assess the self-reported health of household members, prevalence of diseases, exposures to health risks…

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Community Source Survey (CSS)


The CSS aims to identify and determine the prevalence of different sources of air pollution in a community of interest…

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Energy Use Surveys (CWS, WWS, LWS)


Empirical measurements of households’ energy usage through instruments such as the Coal Weighing Survey, Wood Weighing Survey and LPG Weighing Survey…

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Nova offers a range of services to corporate entities, governmental organisations and NGOs including Community Surveys, Consultancy and Corporate Social Responsibility Project Research and Development.




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