Tag: data collection

Use case: “Make agro-input recommendations”

by | December 18, 2013
Category: News

Use case summary in context The document describes the steps for recommending agro-inputs (e.g., seed, fertilizers, lime and organic matter) in smallholder farming systems, based on site, cropping system and time specific information and decision analyses. The ultimate goal is to assist individual farmers and/or farmer groups adjust their site-specific input applications to reduce their […]

Meta-Forms: Creating a Survey of Your Survey

by | October 28, 2011
Category: Blog

As we have been highlighting on this blog, there is a lot more that goes into a survey than writing up questions and then asking people those questions. Surveying requires hiring, training, device selection, translation issues, logistics, and so on and so on, so it only makes sense that a research team should develop “meta-forms” […]

Our ODK Training Experience (Materials Included)

by | October 20, 2011
Category: Blog

NOTE TO THE READER: This post serves as a follow up to and elaboration on our first training post. That post, while titled ”Introduction to AfSIS Enumerator Training,” served as an introduction to our project more generally. We hope this post answers more of your questions about our training. We also hope that you find […]

Testing GPS Quality on Android Devices

by | October 18, 2011
Category: Blog

During a recent discussion of our work, one Earth Institute scientist mentioned that he was worried about the quality of the GPS built into Android devices. It is a real concern. Depending on the level of precision that your organization needs, Android hardware and software may not suit your needs. In this post, we will […]

Like Buttons on a Vending Machine: Language Issues in Survey Creation

by | October 13, 2011
Category: Blog

From Surveying 101, we all know that how you ask a question can radically change the answer you get. We work in a bilingual office (English and Kiswahili) and are researching a bilingual population (Kiswahili and Kimaasai), so this truth is even more poignant. It was important for us that our survey was delivered to […]

A Look at Different Apps for Conducting Surveys: Part 3 (Locus Free)

by | October 12, 2011
Category: Blog

Android devices are powerful tools for surveying because they are multifaceted. We used them to conduct questionnaires, to navigate, and to measure the area of plots. For each of these processes, we used a different free application (or app). This post on the Locus Free app is the third of three posts on this topic; […]

A Look at Different Apps for Conducting Surveys: Part 2 (Distance and Area Measurement)

by | October 6, 2011
Category: Blog

UPDATE: (13 October 2011) We added feedback for the app’s creator at the bottom along with his great recommendation for improving our protocol. Android devices are powerful tools for surveying because they are multifaceted. We used them to conduct questionnaires, to navigate, and to measure the area of plots. For each of these processes, we […]

A Look at Different Apps for Conducting Surveys: Part 1 (Using ODK Collect)

by | October 3, 2011
Category: Blog

Android-devices are powerful tools for surveying because they are multifaceted. We used them to conduct questionnaires, to navigate, and to measure the area of plots. For each of these processes, we used a different free application (or app). We will discuss all three in this blog over a series of posts, starting with ODK Collect. […]

What’s a ‘Household?’

by | September 26, 2011
Category: Blog

The word and concept of household is incredibly loaded, and creating a unified definition of “household” across different cultures and countries can be very difficult. Ultimately, defining this term will be very important for AfSIS as our household survey expands to new areas and involves more organizations. It will be important that data collected across […]

Pace of Enumeration

by | September 23, 2011
Category: Blog

On Wednesday the 21st of September, we completed the survey phase of our ICT4Ag pilot.  We conducted a final debriefing session with the enumerators, they are returning to their regular routine as agriculture extension officers, and we are turning our efforts full time to writing up our experience, analyzing data, and planning our next steps. […]