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Digital Data Collection: A KoBoToolbox Use Case with Jake Weisenthal

Jake Weisenthal, Country Director, Semilla Nueva offered HHI an interview to share the challenges and benefits associated with transitioning to digital data collection in rural Guatemala. Interview filmed and produced by the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative 2016.

KoboToolbox’s Question Library

The KoBoToolbox Question Library enables users to create, store, share and re-use validated questions across surveys. This speeds up the process of creating new forms and contributes to the standardization of survey questions.

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A quick tour of KoBoToolbox

KoBoToolbox is a free and open source platform to collect data, developed by field researchers, evaluators and humanitarians, with the support of the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, UNOCHA, the MacArthur foundation and other generous donors.

KoBoToolbox was designed to make data collection reliable, and easy to use during humanitarian crises and other challenging conditions with limited connectivity. KoBoToolbox works on- and off-line, and using mobile phones, tablets, or computers, through apps or web-based interface.

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The Humanitarian Needs Assessment E-learning program is designed to provide an overview of the Humanitarian Needs Assessment process. The process can look very different depending on the scale of a disaster, the role of humanitarian organizations involved and the resources available to any particular organization or to organizations collectively at the country level. We’ll look at assessment from various angles—from the field level to the capitol level—and we’ll see the process through the eyes of an assessment coordinator as well as enumerators on the ground.

About This Program

KoBoToolbox is a suite of tools for field data collection for use in challenging environments. Our software is free and open source. Most of our users are people working in humanitarian crises, as well as aid professionals and researchers working in developing countries. Our team of developers and researchers are based in Cambridge, MA but also spend much of their time collecting data in large-scale population surveys using our own tools in places such DR Congo, Uganda, East Timor, Burundi, Central African Republic, etc.

Quickly collecting reliable information in a humanitarian crisis – especially following a natural disaster such as a large earthquake or a typhoon taking place in a poor country – is the critical link to saving the lives of the most vulnerable. Understanding the population’s needs is often neglected for lack of quick means to gather and analyze this crucial information. KoBoToolbox, developed by the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, is an open source suite of tools for data collection and analysis in humanitarian emergencies and other challenging environments that was built to address this gap.