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By: Ryan Coleman on March 11th, 2013

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CRS Collecting Census Data in Africa

Data Management | Project Monitoring | international aid

You’re going to trek through Africa, collect thousands of paper forms, and then manually enter them into a database? You’re doing it wrong. Catholic Relief Services (CRS) knew there was a better way.

Upon receiving a grant from the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, CRS needed a solution that allowed them to efficiently collect high-quality data for a nationwide knowledge, attitudes and practices (KAP) survey on malaria.

Eighty-nine census takers visited 15 remote locations in the poorest parts of Sierra Leone. The lack of internet connection was not a problem.  By using iFormBuilder on their iPhones, 5,800 forms were collected after interacting with thousands of households. Data was saved directly to their devices, which automatically synchronized to a cloud-based database when the enumerators were in an area that had network coverage. Once in the Cloud, the geotagged data was immediately available for analysis and reporting purposes.

Emily Bostick, Program Director at Global Fund Malaria, stated that iFormBuilder was “Simple; it was something that was very intuitive. People were very comfortable with it, quickly.”

CRS worked closely with Zerion Software, the iFormBuilder provider, to enhance their software services to meet the unique challenges of the local environment. CRS has used iFormBuilder previously on iPod Touch devices to do an array of tasks including: registering beneficiaries, monitoring service deliveries and conducting surveys.

About Ryan Coleman

Ryan Coleman is the VP of Sales at Zerion and works directly with enterprise deployments around the world. A former resident of San Diego, California, Ryan enjoys sunsets and photographing the coast. If you have any questions about improving your business processes, he would love to hear from you!

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