PMA2020 uses Open Data Kit Collect (ODK), an open source software that facilitates data collection via the mobile-assisted data platform developed by the PMA2020 project. The ODK Collect application enables resident enumerators (REs) and supervisors to collect and transfer survey data by mobile phone to a central server in real-time.
In each program country, REs conduct interviews at households and health service delivery points, entering data into smartphones that are equipped with the ODK Collect software. This sentinel area design allows PMA2020 to generate nationally representative data on key indicators. REs then transfer the data from the smartphones into a central cloud server via a mobile data network. In real-time, data are validated, aggregated and prepared into tables and graphs, making them available to end-users more quickly and frequently than paper-and-pencil surveys.
The graphic below shows how the data move through the different stages of collection, aggregation, analysis and dissemination.