Following the creation of the electronic survey, tablets were installed with an ODK app and configured to download the survey form. Data was collected from 5,000 individuals between the ages of 15 – 24 in three chiefdoms within the Port Loko district of Sierra Leone. Chiefdoms are the third and lowest administrative levels of governance in Sierra Leone. eHA trained a team of young people to conduct the survey and send reports electronically. Data collection could take place in the absence of an internet connection because of ODK’s ability to store data offline and then, synchronize to the server periodically when an internet connection became available.
eHA has developed an ODK companion tool, Gather, which allows for secure turnkey integration with various data sharing solutions. Using Gather, the collected data was able to be viewed online in an open-source visualization service, Kibana. The Gather and Kibana connection allowed representation of data in near real-time – as soon as the survey responses were synced from the mobile tablets the survey results would appear live in Kibana which had been configured with a number of data monitoring dashboards to provide aggregated views of response data.
At the conclusion of the two data collection periods, the results were automatically compared within Kibana and workshops were held in Lunsar in conjunction with all stakeholders to review and discuss survey findings.