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International Field Directors and Technologies Conference (IFD&TC)

The International Field Directors and Technologies Conference (IFD&TC) is a voluntary organization of practitioners of survey data collection for nonprofit organizations. Its 1993 charter describes the IFD&TC as providing “an opportunity for survey research personnel who are involved in the direction of survey field operations, the technological aspects of survey data collection, and their management to meet and exchange ideas and information at an annual conference.” This entry describes the current focus and somewhat unusual characteristics of the IFD&TC as a professional organization, its membership and governance, and its origins and development from predecessor organizations.

The Conference

The intent of the IFD&TC (according to its charter) “is to provide informal [emphasis added] interaction between field director, field technology, and survey management personnel of a type not usually ...

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