Learning event explores digital data collection

SABI has held a one-day learning event on how digital data collection can be incorporated into monitoring and evaluation (M&E) work using KoBoToolbox.

The event at the British Council auditorium in Freetown on April 26 attracted representatives from more than 30 NGOs and civil society organisations from across Sierra Leone.

Sessions focused on the importance of incorporating technology in data collection, an introduction to mobile data collection, creating a project online using KoBoToolbox, and installing and using KoboCollect on a mobile phone.

‘Data collection is moving from paper methods of collection to the use of technology,’ said Bangalie Lamin, SABI’s M&E coordinator.

‘Using mobile phones or tablets has proven to be a very effective and efficient way to collect data. There are many mobile phone applications – or platforms – which will allow you to build a mobile data collection survey.

‘These platforms allow you to customise the survey to collect specific data as required, such as photographs, information from a list selection, voice recordings and GPS coordinates.’

Digital data collection means data entry and analysis can happen simultaneously and eliminates the need for skilled staff to fill in forms and re-key data. Data can be collated easily and valuable summary reports can be produced.