CommCare for Research
Increase the efficiency, accuracy, and scalability of your field-based studies
Collect Cleaner Data Everywhere
Longitudinal data collection (even offline)
Register a subject once, then easily track and collect data at various time points and update them over the course of the study – even offline.
Flexible question format and response types
Collect complete and accurate data in any language using a variety of question types – from basic single-response or multi-response survey items and to advanced formats for GPS coordinates, audio captures, and more. Forms can even be designed to perform complex calculations within the app itself.
Inspect your data as you collect them
Gain a deeper understanding of the information you've collected with one-click inspection of individual forms and subjects. If data managers or analysts see anything wrong in a collected form, they can make corrections directly in CommCare.
Follow Strict Research Protocols
Powerful form logic
Stop errors in data entry before they happen with custom validation conditions and enforce data collection protocols with intelligent display and skip logic.
Researcher performance indicators
Remotely monitor enumerator performance in real time with pre-built reports that highlight problem areas and help you address inefficiencies before they spread.
Automatic alerts and reminders
Send alerts to enumerators and assistants when tasks are overdue and conduct more efficient subject outreach with 2-way SMS messaging.
Keep Your Data Secure
Strong data security protocols
CommCare is fully secured and compliant with HIPAA regulations and all data is encrypted, backed-up, and monitored for intrusions.
Control who can access and share data across enumerators, teams, and even regions – increasing the efficiency and security of your team.
Simple and secure data integrations
Connect your CommCare data to Excel dashboards and dozens of third-party tools, from Salesforce to PowerBI, Tableau, and SQL databases.
Data collected directly from a program’s beneficiaries and workers can be incredibly useful in evaluating the program’s effectiveness. CommCare can serve as a reliable platform to collect those data quickly and accurately by allowing you to employ a range of question formats (e.g. text, GPS coordinate, audio, etc.) and establish rock-solid workflows with intelligent display logic and validation conditions. These data can then be viewed and tracked in real time via integrations with a variety of data visualization tools, such as Tableau and PowerBI, or exported in CSV or Excel formats for analysis in commonly used tools such as STATA and R.
Longitudinal Studies and Surveys
Longitudinal studies in which subjects may be observed with data collected over multiple timepoints is where CommCare’s data collection capabilities can truly shine. CommCare allows researchers to check in with the same subjects over time and easily collect and sort all data by each subject’s unique ID. Additionally, researchers can predefine when data need to be collected, and CommCare can facilitate clean and timely data collection with preset notifications and reminders. These features make CommCare invaluable to subject tracking and data management, reducing the need to spend efforts following up, collating, and cleaning survey data on the back end.
Technology as the Intervention
CommCare can not only support your data collection needs but serve as an effective intervention management tool. The digital health domain has many unanswered questions around messaging, intensity, structure, and medium, all of which researchers are exploring using CommCare. Send behavior change messaging via SMS and record its effects with data collection workflows. Administer services to subjects and record the outcomes at the same time. Messaging tools can reach people where they are regardless of device types and CommCare’s powerful form logic can present intervention and service delivery protocols based on the information the app collects. Systems can even be built to collect digital consent at the point of service.
Researchers around the world use CommCare to bring efficiency, visibility, and scalability to their field-based studies. For instance, in 2016, The Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health used CommCare to study the causal effect of a FIGO intervention on the uptake and continued use of postpartum IUDs (PPIUDs) by recent mothers and the effect on their subsequent pregnancy status and births.
Learn more about some of our featured research projects along with advice from our research partners.Learn more
“We are ready to design
applications that are everything
from simple and straightforward to
those with challenging and unique
designs and use cases.”
- Ted Barlow, President
“CommCare gave us the ability to
control the experience of our fieldbased
data collectors, which
drastically reduced human error.”
- Bhawna Mangla, Senior Research Associate
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