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Digital data collection demonstration: A comparison of two methodologies, digital and paper-based

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In an effort to explore various options for data collection at the field level, the American Institutes for Research (AIR), with funding from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) through the Educational Quality Improvement Program 1 (EQUIP1), launched a comparative study of paper versus digital education data collection methodologies. This study ran parallel to an existing evaluation that AIR was conducting on behalf of UNICEF to evaluate the Child Friendly Schools (CFS) model. The study was conducted in Nicaragua and used a deployment of Global Relief TechnologiesÂ’ (GRT) digital data collection approach to compare this data collection methodology with the paper-based approach that was being used on the CFS evaluation. The GRT model used hand-held personal digital assistants (PDAs) for capturing observable, quantifiable data, a portable scanner and portable satellite transmitter for capturing and communicating data.

The comparison considered process efficiencies, implementation flexibility, and cost. This pilot was a separate exercise from the UNICEF CFS evaluation study and was deliberately designed not to interfere with the actual data collection in any way. This presentation provides the findings of the comparison of the two processes of collecting data as experienced in Nicaragua: digital and paper-based.
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Zimmermann, Roy. "Digital data collection demonstration: A comparison of two methodologies, digital and paper-based" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 53rd Annual Conference of the Comparative and International Education Society, Francis Marion Hotel, Charleston, South Carolina, <Not Available>. 2014-11-29 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p301860_index.html>

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Zimmermann, R. "Digital data collection demonstration: A comparison of two methodologies, digital and paper-based" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 53rd Annual Conference of the Comparative and International Education Society, Francis Marion Hotel, Charleston, South Carolina <Not Available>. 2014-11-29 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p301860_index.html

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Abstract: In an effort to explore various options for data collection at the field level, the American Institutes for Research (AIR), with funding from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) through the Educational Quality Improvement Program 1 (EQUIP1), launched a comparative study of paper versus digital education data collection methodologies. This study ran parallel to an existing evaluation that AIR was conducting on behalf of UNICEF to evaluate the Child Friendly Schools (CFS) model. The study was conducted in Nicaragua and used a deployment of Global Relief TechnologiesÂ’ (GRT) digital data collection approach to compare this data collection methodology with the paper-based approach that was being used on the CFS evaluation. The GRT model used hand-held personal digital assistants (PDAs) for capturing observable, quantifiable data, a portable scanner and portable satellite transmitter for capturing and communicating data.

The comparison considered process efficiencies, implementation flexibility, and cost. This pilot was a separate exercise from the UNICEF CFS evaluation study and was deliberately designed not to interfere with the actual data collection in any way. This presentation provides the findings of the comparison of the two processes of collecting data as experienced in Nicaragua: digital and paper-based.


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