Mobile Data Collection
Mobile data collection with GPS or more recently with Androids still remains an important pillar of data analysis and mapping. Despite the fact that more baseline data has become available, attributes as well as new infrastructure types and changes in status will need to be constantly monitored and updated to keep your information and maps current and actionable. Whereas in the beginning, CartONG was often directly collecting data, recent projects are focusing more on the capacity building aspect and setting up data routines and Standard Operation Protocols (SOPs) for successful data collection in the field. Local enumerators or data clerks are being trained on the ground and follow-up missions or backstopping from remote are being conducted, should a refresher or a change in the routine become necessary. This is particularly true for surveys which are conducted on a regular basis.
For data collection routines, especially related to surveys, to be successfully and sustainably implemented, a close dialogue with the organization on the ground is essential. Staff resources as well as objectives and actual data requirements do need to be taken into account. So first we will listen to your requirements, then we will come up with suggestions on how best to implement, test them with your team and help you establish and write unique SOPs for your operation.
If you are interested in a standardized training on GPS or Android data collection, please refer to the Capacity Building part of the services section.
If you’d like to find out whether your operation would benefit from using a GPS or an Android Smart Phone, continue here.