Data Collection

Alexander Bunyan
Alexander Bunyan | Jul 21, 2017 | in Health Consulting

Hi Trekkers/Team,

I have some very useful suggestions on how we can more efficiently and effectively collect survey data, so I thought it would be a nice idea for us to discuss the different ways in which we can do this.

The teams in Malawi have all been using Google Forms as the primary platform for surveying, yet we all encountered the same problem, it does not work offline. If we are in areas with no mobile reception, we have to resort to pen and paper. This makes data collection significantly more complicated.

A survey tool called KoboCollect was recommended to our team by a researcher with a lot experience working in Malawi. The main benefit of this platform is it's offline support. The platform has an app for Android phones, but a web form must be used for iPhones (still works offline).

If you have any other suggestions for data collection, please leave a comment. Collecting data is an integral part of most projects at PE and collaborating will make surveying easier and more efficient.

Andrew Vild Jul 26, 2017

Good stuff. We should definitely execute this over the Summer period!

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Ella Grier Jul 26, 2017

In addition to offline limitations on Google forms, we found other issues in the collation of the data entered - when inputs were subsequently collated onto google sheets. There were 'gaps' in the data that were unaccounted for when subjects were unable to answer a question or had more that one option filled. This made it difficult in the analysis process. Additionally, 'cleaning' data proved to be a time consuming process

Are these factors to be considered with the KoBoToolbox software? If you are familiar with it, how is data collated once results are entered? Can this be more autonomised to ensure processes around survey are as quick as possible?

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Crystalittle 4 weeks ago

We must have to gather data for any task implementation. Data collection is necessary step of any process either to do bestdissertation or do some practical task. But the positive point would be when we gather useful data that gives some meaning.

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