SMS is a fantastic way to collect data either when your data senders have a wide variety of phones, including non-smart phones – or if you don’t want to (or can’t) install apps on their phones. Magpi provides two distinct methods of collecting data via SMS from any phone at all:
- Magpi structured SMS allows you to collect simple data that fits into a single SMS message of 160 characters.
- Magpi interactive SMS lets you administer even complex questionnaires via a back-and-forth SMS chat with the respondent – and also allows “crowdsourcing”, where respondents can enroll themselves in the data collection activity (rather than being invited). Interactive SMS (iSMS) allows branching logic, range checks, and other data quality boosters.
During the Ebola crisis in West Africa, Magpi was used for a wide variety of purposes, as reported in InformationWeek and elsewhere. While much of the collection of data for Ebola happened… Setting Up Real-Time SMS Reporting for Ebola in One WorkdayRead More
Developed by the International Federation of the Red Cross (IFRC), the Rapid Mobile Phone (RAMP) data collection – running on Magpi – enables national Red Cross and Red Crescent societies,… IFRC Fighting Malaria, Measles and Supporting WASH Projects with Rapid Mobile SurveysRead More
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation grantee Dr. Michelle Rogers, of Drexel University, used her funding to evaluate how Magpi (then called EpiSurveyor) might be used to strengthen health services, and encourage… Using Mobile to Strengthen Health Services and Integration for ChildrenRead More