Advances in information technology have opened exciting new avenues for how research is conducted and data collected, with huge implications to monitoring and evaluation (M&E) frameworks and program design. One of these advances is the use of Mobile Data Collection (MDC).
Mobile Data Collection (MDC) refers to the utilization of existing information technology products such as phones, smartphones, and tablets (hardware), and software for data gathering.
The role of the development organizations is to improve the socio-economic status of the communities they serve. Recently there has been growing pressures on these organizations to demonstrate good governance, accountability and transparency, greater development effectiveness, and delivery of tangible results. As the demand for greater accountability and real results have increased, there is an attendant need for enhanced results-based monitoring and evaluation of policies, programs, and projects to improve their effectiveness.