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Key Metrics for Worker Performance Measurement
Learn how to determine the right worker performance metrics for your program and their benefits for different program stakeholders. From performance management to increased authority in the community, worker performance metrics are an integral part of you monitoring & evaluation efforts.
February 12, 2019
How to Transform Your Mobile Data Collection Program With SMS
SMS notifications have helped to improve the efficiency, communication, and data collection of organizations providing frontline services for years. Find out what the best approach for your program might be.
January 29, 2019
How to Develop a Data Collection Plan for All Your Stakeholders
We owe it to each other and to the success of our projects to work collaboratively. That means asking specific and important questions early in the development stage of avoid conflict later and prepare you for the changes that will surely come down the road.
January 22, 2019
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
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 App 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
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