The ICT4D Corner
Dimagi staff offer their insights on
app building and more.
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
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
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
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 Updates for Mobile App Maintenance
When dealing with any mobile application, you must consider mobile app maintenance. Learn about four app maintenance updates you should expect.
October 2, 2018
A Brief History of ICT4D
Read here about the MERL Tech 2018 conference and the history of Information and Communications Technologies for Development (ICT4D).
September 18, 2018
Dimagi Lands Spot on Inc. 5000 List for the Fastest-Growing Companies
Dimagi landed a spot on the Inc 5000 List 2018. This is the seventh year in the row that Dimagi was named to the Inc 5000 List.
September 12, 2018
Choosing a Mobile Network Provider for Your Mobile Data Collection Program
You’re ready to collect data, but how will you transmit your data? Learn how to select a network provider for your data collection program.
September 11, 2018
5 Tips for Implementing Your Mobile Data Collection Program
Learn best practices for implementing a mobile data collection program. Advice on how to run tests, prep for device management, and train users.
September 4, 2018
Choosing a Device For Your Mobile Data Collection Program
Choosing a device: how to choose a device that supports the features of your mobile app and data collection program.
August 29, 2018
How to Sustain Your Mobile Data Collection Program
To sustain the development of your mobile collection program, you must set up a system to support your users.
August 21, 2018
How to Implement Your Mobile Data Collection Program
Learn best practices to implement your mobile data collection program. A look at the process from launch through training your team.
August 14, 2018