The ICT4D Corner
The intersection of technology
and social good.
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
How to Design a Mobile Data Collection App for Scale
Learn how Terre des hommes updated the structure of their mobile data collection app to support over 4,000 healthcare workers treating 180,000 young children in 700 clinics across Burkina Faso.
November 15, 2018
4 Content Design Tips for Mobile Data Collection Apps from Save the Children
On a project with Save the Children Kenya to build a mobile data collection application for over 1,200 Community Health Volunteers (CHVs) in Bungoma County, we grappled with the issue of taking existing forms and government indicators and transforming them into a coherent, efficient service delivery and data collection app. These are the issues we faced and how you can overcome them in your own project.
November 13, 2018
Four Serious Maintenance Issues in Mobile Data Collection Apps
Mobile data collection apps are not done when you hand them off to your users. They will require monitoring and follow-up to ensure they continue to run smoothly. Here are four common issues we see with the maintenance of these apps.
October 23, 2018
Dimagi Presents at Government of India Seminar on Technology for Service Delivery
Dimagi and India's Ministry of Women and Child Development have launched the largest e-nutrition and health program in the world, with 110,000 frontline workers reaching 9.5 million beneficiaries across seven states in India. Dimagi CEO Jonathan Jackson recently attended a tech summit to support these efforts.
October 18, 2018
Four Common Pitfalls in Mobile Data Collection Program Deployment
Looking at the many issues our partners have faced in the deployment of their programs over the years, we have learned a lot about common obstacles and how to mitigate them. Here are the four pitfalls we see most often.
October 16, 2018
Introducing Our New, More Advanced Messaging Features
We are excited to announce a set of new messaging features, offering more complex rule criteria and scheduling options.
October 11, 2018
How to Perform QA on Your Mobile Data Collection App
You know quality assurance is important for your mobile data collection app, but how do you make the time? Thankfully, there are some systematic ways to make the process of QA substantially less painful and time-consuming – without compromising the quality of your app.
October 9, 2018
Four Types of Mobile Data Collection App Maintenance
“Even as we become more technology-centric, technology still remains one of the least thought-through aspects of program handover.” Make sure your team is ready for each of these four types of program maintenance.
October 2, 2018
How to Unlock the Power of Feedback in Mobile Data Collection
Many features of mobile data collection are well known, from automatic form submissions for faster data collection to validation conditions for more accurate data. However, there is one feature whose benefits often go overlooked: feedback mechanisms.
September 25, 2018
A Brief History of ICT4D
In just over half a century, technology has transformed the way organizations implement MERL into their programs and how they communicate with partners.
September 18, 2018
Dimagi Lands Spot on Inc. 5000 List for the Seventh Straight Year
For the seventh year in a row, Dimagi was named to the Inc. 5000 List of the fastest-growing private companies in America.
September 12, 2018
Choosing a Network Provider and Data Plan for Your Mobile Data Collection Program
You have your new mobile data collection app and the device it will run on. You’re ready to collect data, but chances are that you will need to transmit that data somehow – most likely with a mobile data plan.
September 11, 2018
5 Tips for Implementing Your Mobile Data Collection Program
The implementation process for a mobile data collection program typically includes a few final tests of the platform, preparation and management of your devices, and the training of your users. However, there are many other aspects of launching a program that you should keep in mind.
September 4, 2018
Choosing a Device For Your Mobile Data Collection Program
Just as a program is only as good as its people, an application can only do as much as its device allows. Make sure you choose a device that can handle your program's needs.
August 29, 2018
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