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To edit or not to edit? That is the question.

Posted by: Gitahi Ng'ang'a on

Trust but verify. – Russian Proverb Can enumerators modify their entries if they realize they’ve made a mistake? We hear this question a lot whenever we deploy mobile data collection for our clients. On the surface, it’s a straightforward question. A simple yes or no answer should do, right? Wrong. In reality, the asker is…
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5 reasons to switch from paper to mobile data collection

Posted by: Derrick Mwiti on

“Lost time is never found.” – Benjamin Franklin Whether you are an M&E expert or a data manager at an NGO or government agency, running field surveys can be daunting. One way you can make your work easier is by deploying mobile data collection technology. Let’s look at a few reasons why you should strongly consider making…
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6 ways to improve data quality in your organization

Posted by: Derrick Mwiti on

Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted. – Albert Einstein Whether collected through surveys, assessments or routine monitoring and evaluation, high-quality data is important to the well-being of any development organization. Inaccurate data leads to false reports, poor decisions and, potentially, loss of time and money. On…
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Down with duplicates!

Posted by: Gitahi Ng'ang'a on

“Originals are always honored over duplicates.” – Edmond Mbiaka You’re collecting data from health facilities, say. So you send out enumerators to the field. You expect one entry per facility. But you and I know that mistakes happen. So out of the 500 records you receive, 10 are duplicates. Not the end of the world,…
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A smarter way to handle missing values

Posted by: Gitahi Ng'ang'a on

“You can decorate absence however you want – but you’re still gonna feel what’s missing.” – Siobhan Vivian, Same Difference In a previous post, we identified “missing data” as one of 4 data collection mistakes to avoid. We also made some suggestions on how to deal with information that is not available. With particular reference…
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