The ICT4D Corner
The intersection of technology
and social good.
3 Mobile Data Collection App Optimization Tips You Should Know
Once you release a version of your data collection app into the field, you may learn new ways in which it can run better. Here is our advice on how to approach these kinds of updates.
January 9, 2019
How to Develop a Training Guide for Your Mobile Data Collection App
Training is a vital part of your program. Users need to understand the processes within the mobile app and the standard operating procedures that often happen externally. A training guide can be a tangible resource to help your users feel less lost both during and after training.
January 3, 2019
3 Considerations for Offline Data Collection
In many parts of the world, it’s still a struggle to get a decent 2G connection - people still travel to make calls or use the internet on their phone. How do we reach people in rural areas with mobile applications? A Dimagi project manager shares her advice.
December 27, 2018
Beyond 'Wrappers' - Using Querysets to Compartmentalize Business Logic into the Django ORM
The Django ORM is an invaluable tool for querying your data. However, as a generic tool, it's often not a clean fit. This article describes a technique for extending Django querysets with methods specific to your models.
December 19, 2018
What's Life Like on Global Services?
No two field managers are the same, and our team members have personalized their roles, based on their interest in different locations, sectors, and populations. Learn about what life is like for the Global Services team at Dimagi in their own words.
December 18, 2018
PCI and Dimagi Win Second Place at AfricaCom 2018
Project Concern International (PCI) and Dimagi won second prize in the USAID-funded Fall Armyworm Tech Prize for their innovative AfriFARM mobile application at AfricaCom 2018.
December 17, 2018
11 Ways to Avoid Bias in Mobile Data Collection
Bias is often hard to see and can take time to recognize. However, careful review of a survey and all its questions can help you significantly reduce bias and increase the power of your data. Here's how.
December 10, 2018
How to Prepare and Introduce a New Mobile Data Collection App Feature to Your Team
Scoping the proper process and actually designing the feature itself is no small task. But as always, the job is not done. The next step is making sure the feature works and hasn’t disrupted any functionality in your app. Then, it’s time to introduce it to your team. Learn how from an experienced Dimagi project manager.
December 5, 2018
How to Add a New Feature to an Existing Mobile Data Collection App
Building a new feature or functionality into an already developed solution can be a formidable task. It’s easier than expected to overlook the importance of your data needs or to overreach and build something that actually hurts your product and your users. This is our advice to guide you through the process of scoping and adding a new feature to your existing mobile data collection app.
November 27, 2018
How to Do Usability Testing on Your Mobile Data Collection App
We might empathize with our users, understand their workflows, and think we know how to simplify the app to make it usable, but ultimately, we aren’t them. Learn how to employ usability testing to collect actionable feedback from the people who will use your app every day.
November 20, 2018
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