Data is collected via the Surveybe Implementer. The Surveybe Implementer has been designed to be easy to use, secure and works on a wide range of hardware devices across multiple operating systems: Android, Windows and Fire. You create one questionnaire and the Implementer will identify the operating system on the device and present the appropriate layout automatically – meaning your data collection is seamlessly handled in field without having to manage separate versions of the questionnaire.
How it works
Once a questionnaire has been created in the Surveybe Designer, it can be distributed freely and simply by a data manager or field supervisor onto as many hardware units as required for a survey without any extra costs.
As a Survey or Data Manager, Surveybe allows greater control over the implementation of a survey. Users can monitor progress and quality of the data being collected as complete files are sent back from field in order to make real-time amendments or updates to the questionnaire design before re-issuing to their field teams. This process is very flexible and can be automated should sufficient connectivity be available.
Using Surveybe Implementer
Interviewers do not require any previous CAPI knowledge, nor is computer literacy a prerequisite for using surveybe as your data collection tool. EDI has found that actual interviewing skills are the most important skills required by an interviewer for successful data collection, not CAPI or computer skills. Many interviewers that we have worked with us have said that they never want to return to paper based interviews. All functionality of surveybe can work offline so a lack of connectivity doesn’t have to impact or limit your questionnaire design nor data collection.
To be extra confident that the responses are valid, they can be checked in a number of ways. At the moment of entering a response, surveybe can either disallow an entry and show an error message, or simply show an error or a warning if the response does not meet the requirements set by the survey designer.
Users can ensure that they include customised and contextual error messages to enumerators. These can be set in different languages and will be displayed during the live interview – even when working offline. The ability to also distinguish between ‘hard’ errors and other warnings can help enumerators understand the nature of the issue.