Data Collection for Development
How It Works
DataWinners is an online, do-it-yourself mobile data collection service for organizations in the developing world, designed by Human Network International (HNI). Organizations transform paper forms into digital questionnaires and staff then submit data in seconds using any combination of SMS, Smartphone and Web with the equipment they already have.
HNI launched DataWinners in January 2012. An international partnership of private sector companies, academic institutions and non-governmental organizations are working collaboratively to create and manage DataWinners.com as an open-source project. HNI and ThoughtWorks, Inc. lead the effort to make this mobile data collection service responsive to the needs of development organizations worldwide.
More than 1,500 humanitarian, development and relief organizations in over 110 countries use DataWinners to shorten the time between data collection and decision making. Sectors include Public Health, Education, Water and Sanitation, Early Warning Systems, Food Security, Conservation and Agriculture. Check out our DataWinners Success Stories for a few examples of how partners are using DataWinners to make better decisions.
We have a dedicated team of design artists, quality assurance experts and professional developers who work constantly to improve DataWinners. The team publishes updates to the software every 4-6 weeks to add new features and fix bugs based on partner feedback. Our goal is to create a global community, working together to make mobile data collection better. We encourage partners to contribute code and ideas so DataWinners will continue to innovate.
Learn more about how partners are using DataWinners in innovative ways.
In Senegal, the Ministry of Education and USAID launched the three-year, $18 million PALME project to improve reading and math skills among primary school students.
Marie Stopes International Ethiopia (MSIE) is an international NGO that has provided a wide range of reproductive health services in Ethiopia since 1990.
In Madagascar, Population Services International (PSI) uses DataWinners for SMS reporting on the monitoring of populations reached by Care condom demonstrations.
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