mobile survey

Notes from a Mobile, Bottom-Up, Rapid, Multi-Country Perception Survey

Posted by anoushrima on Nov 30, 2010

Several months ago, partnered with UN Global Pulse to implement a mobile phone survey across multiple countries including Uganda, India, Mexico, Ukraine and Iraq, as part of a two-part project on mobile data collection.

UN Global Pulse was interested in gaining a preliminary understanding of how vulnerable populations deal with and describe (in their own words) the ongoing impacts of the global economic crisis.

The survey asked two simple multiple choice and three open-ended questions focusing on economic perceptions:

Notes from a Mobile, Bottom-Up, Rapid, Multi-Country Perception Survey data sheet 3480 Views
Countries: India Iraq Mexico Uganda Ukraine

Mobenzi Researcher

Posted by AnneryanHeatwole on Sep 09, 2009
Mobenzi Researcher data sheet 4223 Views
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The success of any project is limited by the ability to receive, exchange, react to and disseminate information. Traditional research techniques suffer from a range of common challenges which are compounded in developing countries; such challenges include geographic distribution, inefficient collaboration, limited infrastructure, harsh operational conditions, low technological literacy, translation difficulties and participation resistance.

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Brief Description: 

The Mobile Researcher platform coordinates communication and data collection, exposing live data for management, processing, monitoring and evaluation. Surveys are designed and deployed from a web console where administrators log-in to collaborate on survey design, manage staff and analyze and export response data. The mobile application, installed on fieldworker or end user handsets, downloads assigned surveys and facilitates their conduct, storage and submission directly from the phone.

Tool Category: 
App resides and runs on a mobile phone
App resides and runs on a server
Key Features : 


  • Flexible web-based design of surveys
  • Data capture on low-end handsets without coverage


Main Services: 
Voting, Data Collection, Surveys, and Polling
Tool Maturity: 
Currently deployed
Java ME
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Organizations Using the Tool: 


  • Medical Research Council
  • Human Sciences Research Council
  • Stellenbosch University


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Over 100,000
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Device support is under continuous improvement. Some of the most popular supported devices are: LG: CU400, F2400, KE970 (Shine), KG220, KG320, KG920, M4410, P7200, S5200 Motorola: A780, A910, A1200, C975, E1, E2, E6, E770, E1000, FOMA M1000, I870, L2, L6, L6i, Motokrzr K1, Motorazr V3, Motorazr V3e, Motorazr V3i, Motorazr V3t, Motorazr V3x, Motorazr V3xx, Motorazr maxx V6, Motorizr Z3, Motorokr E1, Motorokr E2, Motorokr E6, Motoslvr L7, PEBL U6, V195, V197, V365, V980, V1050, V1100, Z3 Nokia: 1680 Classic, 2600 Classic, 2610, 2626, 2630, 2855, 2865, 2865i, 3120 Classic, 3152, 3155, 3155i, 3220, 5000, 5070, 5140i, 5200, 5300, 5500, 6020, 6021, 6030, 6060, 6070, 6080, 6085, 6086, 6101, 6102, 6102i, 6103, 6110 Navigator, 6111, 6125, 6126, 6131, 6133, 6136, 6151, 6152, 6155, 6155i, 6165, 6170, 6230, 6230i, 6233, 6234, 6235, 6235i, 6255, 6265, 6265i, 6270, 6275, 6275i, 6280, 6282, 6288, 6290, 6300, 6500 Classic, 6500 Slide, 6630, 6680, 6681, 6682, 6822, 7260, 7270, 7360, 7370, 7373, 7390, 7710, 8800, 8800 Sirocco Edition, 8801, 9300, 9300i, 9500, E50, E60, E61, E61i, E62, E65, E70, N70, N71, N72, N73, N75, N76, N80, N90, N91, N92, N93, N93i, N95, N95 8GB, N3250 Samsung: SGH-D500, SGH-D520, SGH-D600, SGH-D608, SGH-D800, SGH-D820, SGH-D828, SGH-D900, SGH-D900i, SGH-D908, SGH-E250, SGH-E370, SGH-E380, SGH-E388, SGH-E390, SGH-E490, SGH-E500, SGH-E570, SGH-E730, SGH-E760, SGH-E770, SGH-E780, SGH-E788, SGH-E810, SGH-E830, SGH-E870, SGH-E898, SGH-E900, SGH-G600, SGH-J700V, SGH-J750, SGH-P300, SGH-P310, SGH-P858, SGH-T509, SGH-T619, SGH-T709, SGH-T809, SGH-U700, SGH-X700, SGH-X708, SGH-X820, SGH-7400, SGH-Z540, SGH-Z560, SGH-Z720, SGH-ZM60, Z130 Siemens: C65, C75, CX65, M65, S65, SK65, SL65, ST60, SXG75 Sony Ericsson: D750, F500, F500i, J300, K300, K310, K320, K320i, K500, K500c, K500i, K510, K600, K608, K610, K700, K700c, K700i, K750, K790, K800, K800i, K800iv, M600, Mylo, P990i, S700, S700c, S700i, V600, C630, V800, V802, W300, W550, W600, W710, W710i, W800, W800i, W810, W810i, W830, W830i, W850, W850i, W880iv, W900, W900i, W950i, Z1010, Z300, Z300a, Z500, Z500a, Z500i, Z520, Z525, Z530, Z710, Z800 Application requires J2ME, MIDP2.0+, WAP2.0+, CLDC1.1+, max JAR size > 130 KB. Min heap size dependent on survey length and complexity.
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