The ICT4D Corner
The intersection of technology
and social good.
App Acting Up? Check the CommCare Status Page
At Dimagi, we work hard to keep service interruptions at a minimum, but like anyone else, we do experience outages from time to time. Our new CommCare Status page will help us communicate with clarity and transparency when things are operating as expected.
March 27, 2019
How to Organize Your Data Collection Plan
The process of developing a data collection plan will reveal things about where your data comes from, who has access to it, and how it is collected and stored – all of which will inform the design and implementation of any new system you choose.
March 26, 2019
How to Determine Your Method of Data Collection
There are many options to choose from and each one has strengths in a different area. The type of data you are looking to collect, as well as the characteristics of its source and environment, should all inform what method of data collection makes the most sense for your program.
March 21, 2019
How to Identify Your Data Requirements
How can you get rid of all the noise and focus on what you need to get the job done? A clear understanding of your data requirements will help narrow your focus and identify a method of data collection that serves your needs precisely.
March 19, 2019
How to Define Your Project Objectives
A well-articulated project objective becomes a lens through which you can examine each step of your data collection program. Learn how to start your program with a clearly defined project objective to make the rest of the process go a bit smoother.
March 14, 2019
How to Train Your Team in Mobile Data Collection
Give yourself and your team the best shot at successfully launching your mobile data collection program by arming your team with the tools and training they need to succeed. Here's our advice.
March 7, 2019
How to Deploy Your Mobile Data Collection Software
Before you can deploy your app, there are a few final boxes to check, like choosing a mobile device and network. Here's our advice for the final steps before you launch your mobile data collection program.
March 5, 2019
How to Test Your Mobile Data Collection App
Receiving consistent feedback throughout the app building process is vital to building an app that truly solves the problems relevant to your users and beneficiaries and helps you avoid any surprises when you test the final product.
February 28, 2019
How to Build Your Mobile Data Collection App
Building a mobile data collection app requires a clear understanding of how to approach development, an outline of what functionality each version of the app will incorporate, and an understanding of key features.
February 26, 2019
How to Design Your Mobile Surveys
The process of designing a mobile data collection app involves both defining who will use your app and determining how to best structure the app with the right modules and features. Our tech and Global Services teams offer their advice.
February 21, 2019
How FIGO Used Mobile Data Collection to Improve Maternal Healthcare Across Six Countries
Learn how the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO) is working to help the almost 214 million women of reproductive age in low-income regions who want to avoid pregnancy but have no modern way to do so.
February 19, 2019
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