As a pioneering project, a distinct methodology had to be developed for the AER. The framework for the method had two parts. First, aviation’s effectiveness was to be evaluated in the five basic transportation contexts found around the world; the road, river, ocean, trail, and no-mode contexts. Second, aviation’s effectiveness was to be evaluated at fulfilling the seven functions of missionary aviation.
The method called for data to be obtained on four topics. First, people’s transportation efficiency when traveling by surface and (second) the extent to which aviation advanced people’s work were quantified using two metrics. Third, questions were asked regarding the types of people who benefit more from aviation. Fourth, open-ended questions were used to explore aviation’s role in accomplishing organizational goals and on impacting the kingdom of God. The method contrasted air travel with surface travel, and sought data directly from air service users in the field.
The methodology produced a high-resolution understanding of aviation’s effectiveness at advancing people’s work. For an expanded description of the methodology, please see the additional material on this page.