A new tool in the toolbox using mobile text for food security surveys in a conflict setting – Blog & articles – News / Announcements – The Humanitarian Space – Humanitarian Practice Network

A new tool in the toolbox using mobile text for food security surveys in a conflict setting – Blog & articles – News / Announcements – The Humanitarian Space – Humanitarian Practice Network.

This blog post from Jean-Martin Bauer, Koffi Akakpo, Marie Enlund and Silvia Passeri for Humanitarian Practice Network (HPN) analyses the results of a household food security assessment conducted for the World Food Program (WFP) using mobile text to gather the data for the survey. Conducted in North Kivu province in the Democratic Republic of Congo at a time of active conflict and large scale displacement the results demonstrate the viability of using mobile data collection but only when used with more traditional forms of surveys due to the lack of access to mobile phones of up to 50% of the households in the area.

Contents

  • How did we evaluate the performance of mobile text surveys?
  • Data quality: why did the rCSI perform better than the FCS?
  • Cost and timelines
  • Discussion: opportunities and trade-offs
  • Conclusion: towards mixed-mode data collection systems

Thanks to BetterEvaluation

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