The use of technology for data collection has gained a lot of interest from Monitoring and Evaluation professionals over the past decade. Few would argue the advantages of using digital data gathering (DDG) for M&E. However, there exist several constraints that may still play a role in the lack of its adoption. Here, the writer discusses what DDG is and the advantages of using technology for data collection. The writer also discusses some of the limitations that hinder the adoption of technology for data collection.
What is Digital Data Gathering?
Digital data gathering (or DDG) is a process of collecting data electronically through the use of existing technology such as personal digital assistants (PDAs or smart phones), tablets and net-books for data collection. In other words, it is the use of digital technology for collecting data or information from respondents. Continue reading