Camfed wanted to conduct surveys to better understand the impact of their work supporting girls through their education. The surveys were extensive and in six languages so mobile devices were identified as an appropriate alternative to the sheer volume of paper that would be required.
As Camfed's technology partner, Aptivate evaluated different mobile devices and surveying applications and prepared robust field kits for the rural conditions in which the surveys would be carried out.
A trial in Tanzania highlighted the potential advantages of using mobile devices over paper survey systems. Mobile devices were more cost effective and significantly easier to use, resulting in higher quality, consistent data. The trial also demonstrated key areas around general survey design and management, translation, version control, data capture and analysis that would benefit from supporting technology.
- To develop existing surveying software to support Camfed's requirements.
- To develop any additional tools or processes to assist with Camfed's M&E activities.
- To build a further understanding of training, deployment and support issues for a mobile survey system.
- To build capacity within Camfed to design, deploy, and support mobile surveys.
- Design of a field kit for the survey teams consisting of a laptop in a weather-proof case with eight mobile devices and docks, a backup system, a solar charger, printed manual and spare parts.
- improving the desktop survey designer software to support multiple languages
- Fixing numerous bugs and usability issues in the mobile survey software
- Training and remote support for the survey teams in Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe