Evaluating mobile survey tools (MSTs) for field-level monitoring and data collection: development of a novel evaluation framework, and application to MSTs for rural water and sanitation monitoring

Information and communications technologies such as mobile survey tools (MSTs) facilitate field-level data collection, allowing users to gather and transmit field data in real time, standardize data storage and management, automate routine analyses, and visualize data. With dozens of diverse MST options available, users may struggle to select suitable options. We developed an MST evaluation framework based on software quality modeling standards to assist program implementers in identifying suitable options. The framework was validated through assessment of seven tools used for water and sanitation monitoring. This framework assists program managers in the selection of an MST based on features such as ease of use, speed, and cost.

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Evaluating mobile survey tools (MSTs) for field-level monitoring and data collection: development of a novel evaluation framework, and application to MSTs for rural water and sanitation monitoring. Michael B. Fisher, Benjamin H. Mann, Ryan D. Cronk, Katherine F. Shields, Tori L. Klug, and Rohit Ramaswamy. 2016. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 13(9), 840. doi:10.3390/ijerph13090840.