Digital Data Collection Apps

Digital data collection apps transform fieldwork by utilizing mobile phones and tablets to collect, store, and transmit data. These apps allow for paperless and more accurate data collection processes.

Organizations can use these apps to collect qualitative and numerical data from the field, as well as capturing multimedia data or pinpointing locations on maps. Users build data forms using a pre-programmed form builder, deploy them onto mobile devices, and aggregate data in a database. Even in areas without mobile or internet networks, data can be collected first and then transmitted to the database once users regain connectivity.

Features Comparison
Top Recommendations

Ratings based on most appropriate package for the catalogue's primary intended user - small organisations.


CommCare

Overall rating: 4.4

Initially designed for data collection needs of community health workers, CommCare enables organizations to create and deploy mobile apps for frontline workers. CommCare supports case-based monitoring and runs offline for low-connectivity areas.

Magpi

Magpi

Overall rating: 4.1

Magpi is a data collection and messaging application with rich functionalities to address field data collection and broadcast messaging needs, with both free and paid subscription levels. It now has both outbound and inbound APIs to allow other apps to either submit data to Magpi or extract collected data from Magpi.

SurveyCTO

Overall rating: 4.1

SurveyCTO is a cloud-hosted platform developed from the OpenDataKit with improvements. It distinguishes itself from the competitors with its Random Audio Audit capabilities to ensure high quality data collection.

Other Recommendations

Ratings based on most appropriate package for the catalogue's primary intended user - small organisations.


iFormBuilder

iFormBuilder

Overall rating: 3.2

iFormBuilder is a mobile data collection platform offering advanced form building on iOS and Android devices offering over 40 data input types, high level data security, and offline data collection capabilities for NGOs and corporations alike.

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TaroWorks

Overall rating: 3.1

TaroWorks™ enables organizations working in remote areas to manage data and field operations in real-time. Field agents can access and collect data in the field via Android devices - even without connectivity.

AKVO Flow

Overall rating: 3.1

Akvo FLOW is an open-source data collection tool for collecting, evaluating and displaying any quantity of geographically referenced data through its Android application and interactive online dashboard. It allows users to map situations on the ground and monitor changes over time.

ViewWorld

ViewWorld

Overall rating: 2.5

ViewWorld allows dynamic data collection and organization by project grouping, and subforms. The collected data can be viewed on map or gallery view on the dashboard.

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