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ICTs in WaSH Evaluation (MST User Survey) (appears in: Evaluating Mobile Survey Tools (MSTs) for Field-Level Monitoring and Data Collection: Development of a Novel Evaluation Framework, and Application to MSTs for Rural Water and Sanitation Monitoring). Copyright: Creative Commons License.

Reference Type

Journal Article

Authors, Section

Fisher, M. B.; Mann, B. H.; Cronk, R. D.; Shields, K. F.; Klug, T. L.; Ramaswamy, R.

Title, Section

ICTs in WaSH Evaluation (MST User Survey) (appears in: Evaluating Mobile Survey Tools (MSTs) for Field-Level Monitoring and Data Collection: Development of a Novel Evaluation Framework, and Application to MSTs for Rural Water and Sanitation Monitoring). Copyright: Creative Commons License.

Publication Year

2016

Journal Title

International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health

Volume

13

Issue

9

Pages

E840

Availability

online

PMID

PMID: 27563916

DOI

10.3390/ijerph13090840

Abstract

Full text in supplementary file on website. Information and communications technologies (ICTs) such as mobile survey tools (MSTs) can facilitate field-level data collection to drive improvements in national and international development programs. MSTs allow users to gather and transmit field data in real time, standardize data storage and management, automate routine analyses, and visualize data. Dozens of diverse MST options are available, and users may struggle to select suitable options. We developed a systematic MST Evaluation Framework (EF), based on International Organization for Standardization/International Electrotechnical Commission (ISO/IEC) software quality modeling standards, to objectively assess MSTs and assist program implementers in identifying suitable MST options. The EF is applicable to MSTs for a broad variety of applications. We also conducted an MST user survey to elucidate needs and priorities of current MST users. Finally, the EF was used to assess seven MSTs currently used for water and sanitation monitoring, as a validation exercise. The results suggest that the EF is a promising method for evaluating MSTs.

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