Mobile technology for monitoring and evaluation is quickly taking the place of traditional methods of collecting and using information.
The traditional paper and pencil approach to collecting data in the field and for monitoring and evaluation of projects in rural areas are time consuming and susceptible to human error.
The increased efficiency and accuracy of information and communication technologies (ICT) for mobile data collection are now improving the monitoring and evaluation (M&E) of public health, human rights, economic studies, education, agricultural development projects, wildlife conservation and other important issues regarding the environment, climate change and many more.
Mobile data collection tools are improving efficiency of agricultural development, fighting disease, strengthening health and community systems, identifying where public services are most needed, and determining what approaches prove effective.
Government, Non Governmental Organizations (NGO’s), International Organizations (IO’s) and Private organizations, such as the World Bank, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), USAID, United Nations and African Development Bank (AfDB) are increasing collecting and sharing information about the growing use of mobile technology for social impact in Sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia, Latin America, South America and across the globe.
MobileActive, World Wide Web Foundation, France-Telecom Orange and other groups have attempted to fund, study and publish reports on mobile data collection and the panorama of monitoring and evaluation tools to expand the world’s knowledge of mobile technology, accelerate deployment of mobile use, and facilitate partnerships among the key users and developers of mobile technology.
Tracen Technologies, Inc. has developed one of the most comprehensive and powerful mobile technologies for data collection and monitoring and evaluation. COMMANDmobile is a mobile data collection software solution with numerous applications.