|Conor Ashleigh (left) sharing his tips-of-the-trade of story capture with Keith Antfalo, Simon Quigley and Cherise Addinsall (right). Photo: ACIAR|
Dimagi, the company that produces CommCare, has partnered in this evaluation and brought their expertise of CommCare to the MAD Masterclass. At the Masterclass they shared some examples of how their apps are used in the field of health development. Participants of the Masterclass program, were taught hints, tips and tricks to help them in the areas of fieldwork and hardware; data management; story capture; and ethical considerations.
The first phase of the evaluation, which occurred last year, answered a few fundamental questions about apps in relation to ACIAR research projects, namely:
- Apps perform better than paper-based data collection systems
- In the context of the pilot, the app called CommCare stood out as the most suitable
- Technical preparation is essential to ensure a smooth implementation of the digital data collection apps
Getting things sync’ed up and loaded onto CommCare. Photo: ACIAR
Thanks to Stu Higgins and Chaseley Ross (AgImpact), David McGill (University of Melbourne), Siobhan Mor (Sydney University), and Lily Olson and Anthony Connor (Dimagi) for their considerable contribution to pulling together such a great Masterclass!
By Jack Hetherington, Research Program Officer, ACIAR