Development of a Low-Cost Electronic Data Collection Tool for a Health Facility Survey: Lessons Learned in the Field
The process of selecting and developing a data collection tool for a health facility survey study is described. Several methodologies were considered, and an Android app development platform was chosen to fulfil the requirements of the study. The platform was adopted for its low resource cost, low capacity requirement, efficient and effective community responsiveness and progressive inclusion of functionalities. Data loss was 3.4%, with proposed contributing factors such as network intermittency, malware leading to disuse (necessitating manual encoding), and asynchrony of system interfaces, though the percentage of loss attributable to each factor is indeterminate. Several considerations need to be taken into account prior to employing ICTs for research, namely, requirements of the study, resources available, and how each option being considered fulfils the requirements and proves sustainable given the resources. Planning, risk assessment, and maintenance are important phases in the development of the data collection tool.
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