mobile data gathering


Posted by kdetolly on Oct 06, 2009
EMIT data sheet 5598 Views
Organization that developed the Tool: 
Main Contact: 
Alex Stocks
Problem or Need: 

Paper based data collection (e.g. surveys, Monitoring & Evaluation data) is very cumbersome. It's time-consuming and prone to problems like data loss. Mobile phones are an ideal tool for data collection: many people have them, they're portable, and users are familiar with them as devices. It's also very cheap to send data wirelessly to a central server.

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Brief Description: 

EMIT is a mobile and web data collection system, allowing you to collect, analyse and report using live data from the field. Features include: online form creation; online or mobile interface for data entry; built-in logic, error checking and decision support; generated reports.

Ways that EMIT can be used include: organisational monitoring & evaluation; on-site decision support; home-based care; field surveys; custom surveys; and subject follow-up.

Organisations in South Africa are currently using EMIT to get trainers to send in M&E data from the field (eg number of people trained), and to record counseling registrations at VCT clinics.

EMIT is as open source application and so is free to download and customise.

Tool Category: 
App resides and runs on a mobile phone
Is a web-based application/web service
Key Features : 
  • online forms creation
  • online or mobile interface for data entry
  • built in logic, error checking and decision support
  • generated reports
Main Services: 
Voting, Data Collection, Surveys, and Polling
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Tool Maturity: 
Currently deployed
Program/Code Language: 
Organizations Using the Tool: 

Community Media Trust (CMT)

One Voice

Life Line

The Treatment Action Campaign (TAC)




The Valley Trust


Number of Current End Users: 
Under 100
Languages supported: 
Handsets/devices supported: 
Any Java-enabled phone
Is the Tool's Code Available?: 
Is an API available to interface with your tool?: 
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