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CBM & Mobility India - Mobile data collection

Accessible field mobile data collection tools for Indian NGO working with disabled people in rural areas (15 iterations)

Jan 2013 to Jan 2014

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Purpose

Aptivate developed a information management solution which allows visually impaired field workers using mobile phones to monitor activities in a real time cost and time efficient way. A web-based reporting engine allows local and overseas program managers to better serve the needs of community and empower community members in the process.

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People

CBM UK and Mobility India work internationally with disabled and vulnerable children, adults and families.

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Process

This project used an agile process with 15 iterations and released in two phases. Before the first release we conducted testing in India with the end users of the mobile data collection interface.

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Code

We set up an instance of Commcare and created surveys to collect data about individuals living with disabilities, their households and memberships of self-help groups or after-school clubs.

The surveys were programmed into Nokia 302 feature phones, which were chosen for their relatively long battery life and availability in-country.

We built a Django web application to pull the survey data from Commcare, aggregate it into key indicators and display it in a dashboard. The data could be viewed at different levels - from gram panchayat to village to household to individual.