OCIC Mobile M&E: Smartphone Data Collection for Fast and Efficient Monitoring and Evaluation Workshop

OCIC Mobile M&E Smartphone Data Collection for Fast and

Efficient Monitoring and Evaluation Workshop

  • Do you wonder whether mobile apps for data collection and analysis are the right tools for your development, humanitarian, or social project?
  • Do you want to streamline your monitoring systems to save time and gather better and more accurate data?
  • Are you considering how to take your first steps towards using mobile M&E, and wondering whether your organization can afford it?
  • Are you worried your organization may not have the technical capacity to use mobile M&E to its full potential?

OCIC, Kinaki and Salanga, hosted an engaging one-day workshop for development professionals on Wednesday, March 11, 2015.

Through this workshop participants learned to:

  • Assess the suitability of mobile data collection with smartphones for your cause
  • Estimate the time and cost of smartphone data collection
  • Choose an appropriate mobile app for your project
  • Use a mobile app to conduct a short survey
  • Know where and how to access tools and resources for mobile data collection and use of technologies in monitoring and evaluation

Participants included: Monitoring and Evaluation Professionals, Executive Directors, Senior Leaders, Program Managers, and Development Consultants seeking to enhance your understanding and skill with mobile data collection methods and tools. Participants are encouraged to bring smartphones or tablets, to maximize practice time.


Jakub Nemec has worked in international development and humanitarian aid for the past decade. He has developed M&E plans for complex programs and understands the intricacy of reporting in challenging contexts. He has extensive experience in training and capacity building for aid workers. Currently, he works as senior program advisor for Salanga, an international advisory organization. Jakub is one of the co-founders of Kinaki, a tool for monitoring and evaluation used by humanitarian, development and social service organizations. He combines his field experience and creativity to help design new features for Kinaki that make it accessible for clients working in all contexts, and flexible enough to measure all kinds of data.

Christina Masching has worked for international development and social service organizations in Canada and overseas. Having worked with many project coordinators, managers and directors, Christina understands the common struggle to produce quality, accurate, and timely reports. She is particularly passionate about gender equality issues and the effective use of information and communication technologies (ICTs) in development and humanitarian projects. She works with Salanga to build the capacity of partners in M&E planning and innovative data collection tools.

Both Jakub and Christina were involved in piloting mobile data collection with smartphones in Rwanda. A complex survey was conducted with 700 respondents in a rural area of Rwanda in about one week. This pilot project of mobile data collection was later evaluated as a great success by an independent evaluator.


For more information on this or any other OCIC workshop, contact Lisa Swainston at admin@ocic.on.ca.