Do you sometimes wish you had a better understanding of context in order to respond in a relevant and proportionate manner to your NGO’s needs? Do you find it hard to decide which areas and which beneficiaries need your help the most, or to ensure that your help is effective in the long run? You are aware that there are loads of new tools out there you could use to collect data, but do you know which ones to use and how?
As the first step in any assessment, data collection is crucial to ensure quality data for adequate decision-making. Mobile data collection (MDC) uses smartphones to collect primary data about beneficiary needs, population movement, infrastructure location and assessment. Compared to the traditional paper-based survey approach, a properly designed mobile solution can help you save time, standardize responses, collect diversified information and produce ready-to-share and ready-to-analyse data. In technical terms, setting up a mobile data collection system is getting easier by the day, with great tools available for a growing number of needs. However, surveys, standard operating procedures and logistics can still present a challenge for organizations that have just embarked on MDC.
Learn more about how CartONG can help you with your Mobile Data Collection projects:
CartONG supported Solidarités International with three missions in Mali and Central African Republic on data collection strategy and data management.Read more »
CartONG has been supporting nutrition surveys for Terre des Hommes-Suisse since 2013: CartONG helped TdH to switch to mobile data collection- during the first deployments our team coded the questionnaires, set up all the smartphones and trained the NGO’s local staff to use the tools. The last mission there was to train the Monitoring & Evaluation staff to conceive and encode forms as well as to analyse the data independently, with no in-country support.
Following a full bidding process, CartONG was one of the organizations (including iMMAP and MapAction) to be retained by the UNICEF West and Central Africa Regional Office, setting the framework to be deployed in the WCARO region to support UNICEF country operations in Information Management and Mapping.Read more »
CartONG deployed to Guinea twice in 2015 for Terre des hommes: once to help set up mobile data collection for the Protection team (follow up of Ebola orphans) and the WASH field (Knowledge, Attitudes, Practises surveys in health centers) and a second time for a regional training for the whole of West Africa on conceiving and encoding surveys, as well as analysing the results with different tools including Geographical Information Systems.
CartONG has been supporting the Public Health section of UNHCR since 2015 for the large-scale deployment of an annually-run Knowledge, Attitudes, Practises survey in 180 refugee camps (helping to define the strategy, with the development of substantial training kits, the encoding of the survey and related analysis tools)
CartONG implements camp mapping together with UNHCR FICCS unit by deploying a user-friendly smartphone application for data collection and maintenance and store all collected information online in versatile web maps accessible to all actors in need of it. Already covered camps are accessible in the webmap section of the map portal (maps.unhcr.org)
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CartONG has been supporting Solidarités International delegations since 2015 with a hotline helping operations under 24h with their conception dilemmas, their choice of tools or their MDC strategy
Linking communities to Mine Action – strengthening community liaison through digital platforms.
The objective of the baseline assessment is to ensure a strong understanding and analysis of the existing needs, capacities and practices, which will inform the development of uses cases and the subsequent development of the web portal and SMS service.Read more »
CartONG has been helping Terre des hommes with their Information Management and data collection strategy since 2015, by evaluating tools, counseling them on how to help the organisation augment its skills and developing training kits and communication documents for its staff. We have also done remote support for different delegations (Philippines, Mali, Guinea...)