At a time when data is needed more than ever to inform policy and programs that keep people safe, the COVID-19 pandemic has made data collection more challenging. How can peacebuilding organizations and technology innovators work together to deploy safer means of data collection and sustain high-impact projects?
The campaign for Digital Adaptation & Technological Innovation in Peacebuilding, launched by DME for Peace, an NGO that provides professionals in the peacebuilding, development, and humanitarian sectors a platform to share tools, methodologies, and findings, is focusing on this urgent need to reshape practices and programming. In the campaign’s upcoming webinar on August 6, 2020 at 10:00 AM EDT, Dobility, the makers of SurveyCTO, will share how technology can be used to support safer data collection across in-person and remote methods that protect project staff and beneficiaries.
Amrik Cooper, Director of Dobility’s expert customer success team, will lead a 20-minute presentation, followed by a question & answer session moderated by DME for Peace. If you miss the live webinar, you can watch the recording that will be posted here.
What you’ll learn
In this webinar, you’ll learn about safer methods of in-person data collection, alternative remote methods, and innovative ways of ensuring data quality, including the following:
- Decentralizing data collection: While lockdowns have forced projects to adapt, traditional in-person operations can be decentralized to reduce the need for travel and face-to-face interactions. These approaches include remote onboarding, training, and supervising of enumerators, and can also be applied to remote data collection methods, such as phone surveys, web surveys, and SMS surveys.
- Phone surveying: Phone surveys, also known as computer-assisted telephone interviewing (CATI), offer interviewer-mediated research, where enumerators play a critical role in ensuring respondent survey comprehension and completion. Tools for phone surveys organize the process of capturing respondent phone numbers, scheduling calls, and recording contact attempt details. More advanced tools allow users to record calls, customize forms and functionalities, and request consent.
- Ensuring data quality: Innovative ways for collecting high-quality data include remote enumerator training and monitoring and automated quality checks. Field plug-ins can also be used to incorporate training videos into forms and integrate with external cloud telephony platforms to record phone surveys.
The webinar will offer guidance on how mobile data collection platforms can be used for these approaches. Read this overview for more information on decentralizing data collection operations. Also, explore the Safe People + Data Initiative, which provides methodologies and resources for safer data collection, in response to new challenges arising from the COVID-19 pandemic and the growing need for safety-focused innovation.