International Federation of Red Cross & Red Crescent Societies
12 July 2011, 11:05
The IFRC is developing its capacity to use mobile phone technology in the collection, management, and analysis of data. The use of the mobile phones has considerable benefits in the efficient, and reliable input, quality assurance, and timely analysis of data. Such potential is particularly well-suited for humanitarian as well as recovery settings.
With a variety or program areas, as well as 186 national societies, there are more than one example of mobile phone technology being used at the IFRC for data collection, management, and analysis. The following table summarizes some of the major software options: https://spreadsheets.google.com/ccc?key=ti8s28xw2pj6cSgZhlR7AMw&ndplr=1#gid=0
Pilots have already been conducted in IFRC malaria prevention programming using Episurveyor, a nonprofit open-source software for the design and management of surveys online and enumerated through mobile phones with the use a downloaded application.
Initially, we will build upon the lessons and best practices of the use of mobile phones for data collection with household surveys (baseline/endline), triangulated with other methods to measure impact. However, there are also potential applications of the phones being used for other monitoring and assessment purposes, including needs assessment, beneficiary and context monitoring, and volunteer management.