Particular scope and goal of the initiative is the determining factor of the value of any of the advantages it offers to any project. For instance, in a case where the primary goal of the project is to enable individuals to alert the right authorities to illegal activities, data is shared quickly for a timely and fruitful response. The advantages will be more likely to exceed the cost of supplying each with training and phone in a situation whereby a small number of monitors are engaged in a project over the years. The following are the advantages of mobile forms in data collection;
A wide range of data which may include video, audio, GPS, camera and text can be captured by using pocket size smartphones. It makes them versatile, and the requirement of carrying around lots of specialized and expensive equipment is avoided at all cost. Training manuals which are bulky are replaced in the process with the tool of the trade that is accommodating, compact and more engaging whereby video tutorials are shown. Extra information can be shared using a smartphone to monitor data. For example, responding to emergencies.
Participation of illiterate individuals
Data collection applications which are graphic icon based aid people to participate fully who previously had no knowledge of the digital technology. The same case happens to the people who do not know or struggle to read and write. The icons are usually built with selected existing databank. The images can be regarded as being literal, categorical or metaphorical. A Launch app was developed or created to aid and support illiterate users to collect data. Recording and addition of audio are made possible where the voice dictates each icon when it is pressed.
Numerous errors will be done by an individual when one considers using paper as a way of collecting data. The percentage of these data transcription errors can be reduced by the utilization of a smartphone. Errors can be corrected by the monitor without creating a messy paper form. Data auditing features are incorporated into digital data collection forms which improve the data quality. In the case of any problem or issue with the data can be identified through mobile based applications and the quick response and feedback from the monitor are enabled.
The time required to transfer data from the field to the data analysis is reduced in the process. The speed of sharing data with the external data is increased due to the decreased time lag in bestowing data from the field to the computer.