SMS Data Collection

How can Magpi's data and messaging tools help you?

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:

  1. Magpi structured SMS allows you to collect simple data that fits into a single SMS message of 160 characters.
  2. 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.

 

Watch an introductory video about Magpi’s SMS data collection options.

Read more about SMS data collection at the Magpi support site.

Download the Magpi Remote Data Collection Guide (covering SMS and IVR)

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Reports and Dashboards

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