Low Cost

World Vision Australia conducted an side by side evaluation of the cost of collecting data using paper forms compared to the cost of using Smap Task. The results are summarised below:

Overall the cost of using the mobile phones was 30% less than the cost of using paper.

Flexibility

Rapid Startup

Its easy to get started surveying:

Hence the technology does not need to be a constraint on how quickly the survey can be organised and the team can focus on design of the survey to meet the project need. Having said all this some attention to the IT side of the survey will pay dividends. For example:

Another time saver is that once surveys have been completed then the templates can be re-used on the next survey, perhaps with minor changes or just translation into a new language.