Mobile data collection is of increasing interest to NGOs.It has the potential to speed up data collection, improve accuracy and save considerable time and resources compared to using paper.There are a growing number of options for tools/platforms to help you with data collection.If you are an organization wondering which platform to use ,we are here to help you by;
- Training your staff in mobile data collection platform
- Choosing the right platform for your organisation
- Designing survey tools and upload them on mobile devices
- Setting up a local server that is suitable for your organization to store data
Our team is well knowledgeable with the following platforms.
Open Data Kit (ODK) is a free and open-source set of tools which help organizations author, field, and manage mobile data collection solutions. ODK provides an out-of-the-box solution for users to:
- Build a data collection form or survey (XLSForm)is recommended for larger forms);
- Collect the data on a mobile device and send it to a server; and
- Aggregate the collected data on a server and extract it in useful formats.
In addition to socio-economic and health surveys with GPS locations and images, ODK is being used to create decision support for clinicians and for building multimedia-rich nature mapping tools.
Survey CTO is a technology platform that helps you to collect data both online and offline, using mobile phones, tablets, or computers. It particularly excels in challenging field settings, where Internet connectivity is limited to non-existent. Whether you’re collecting data as part of an impact evaluation, academic survey research, project M&E, mHealth application, or market research, SurveyCTO can help you collect better data, faster and more easily.
iFormBuilder is a universal, cloud based mobile data collection platform helping customers around the globe collect data on their mobile devices. Here at iFormBuilder, we believe “Knowledge is gathered.” The iFormBuilder Mobile Platform offers companies, universities, non-governmental organizations and government agencies the ability to build robust and flexible forms, maintain unmatched security on mobile devices and collect data with or without an Internet connection. Source: www.iformbuilder.com
KoBoToolbox is a suite of tools for field data collection for use in challenging environments. Our software is free and open source. Most of our users are people working in humanitarian crises, as well as aid professionals and researchers working in developing countries. Our team of developers and researchers are based in Cambridge, MA but also spend much of their time collecting data in large-scale population surveys using our own tools in places such DR Congo, Uganda, East Timor, Burundi, Central African Republic, etc. Quickly collecting reliable information in a humanitarian crisis – especially following a natural disaster such as a large earthquake or a typhoon taking place in a poor country – is the critical link to saving the lives of the most vulnerable. Understanding the population’s needs is often neglected for lack of quick means to gather and analyze this crucial information. KoBoToolbox, developed by the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, is an open source suite of tools for data collection and analysis in humanitarian emergencies and other challenging environments that was built to address this gap. Source: www.kobotoolbox.org
Mobenzi is a platform which was built with the aim of making data collection and analysis more fast, flexible and reliable. Mobenzi provides technology and professional services to organisations involved in research, data collection, logistics and community service delivery. Source: www.mobenzi.com