Data Collection

Transforming how we gather data

Create sophisticated, no-code applications to meet your data needs.

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Having the right information is a critical step toward data driven insights

Data collection can be a burdensome activity, yet collecting data is the critical first step for discovering insights that impact lives and in ensuring that programs succeed and achieve actionable results. At BAO Systems, we will work with you to understand your specific data collection needs and provide assistance to select, design, configure, and deploy a best-fit data collection platform.

Data collection made easier

Organizations collect data for a multitude of reasons and all seek to have timely, accurate, and complete data to drive impact and decision making. A digital system will transform the efficiency of data collection and overall data quality, reducing human error and allowing for the faster transfer of data.

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Routine monitoring and evaluation

From design to data entry, real-time analytics, and data dissemination, we help our partners run a complex workflow of data all within a single workspace, enabling program managers and technical staff to easily track progress towards program objectives. Through customized data validation rules, we help assure the quality of collected data before it is used.

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Use Case: Real-time data collection to drive daily decision making about IRS campaign activity

BAO Systems supports data capture, management, analysis, reporting, and use for the President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) VectorLink project, which focuses on malaria elimination through indoor residual spraying (IRS). BAO Systems led the architecture, design, development, implementation, and scaling of the PMI VectorLink multi-country data system, built on DHIS2…..Read More

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Case management and longitudinal tracking

Whether it is an individual being tracked over time or a commodity moving through a value chain, access to granular data improves program insights. We work with partners to collect data on patients receiving HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment services, students enrolled in education programs, essential vaccines and medicines as they are delivered to a health facility, and more.

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Use Case: Seeing results over time in Uganda

HealthRight International is a global health and human rights organization. They believe that health is a human right, and recognize that all over the world, especially in low- and middle-income countries, marginalized communities such as vulnerable women and children, people living with or at elevated risk for HIV, refugees, asylum seekers, internally displaced people, and survivors of trafficking, survivors of gender-based or intimate partner violence, have worse health outcomes than the general population…..Read More

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Cross-sectional surveys

Ad hoc and routine surveys are invaluable to informing program planning and evaluation, and can be implemented to assess program access, coverage, and quality. Using digital tools to conduct surveys reduces paper waste and improves efficiencies in data collection and analysis, preserving precious resources.

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Use Case: Palm Beach County annual homeless survey

In January 2019, Palm Beach County, Florida digitally produced their annual survey of homeless persons for the first time. Not only was outreach improved to vulnerable members of the community than previous years, but the county saved tens of thousands of hours previously spent in subsequent data collection efforts. Through Dharma Platform’s mobile data collection application, Palm Beach County officially completed surveys……Read More

Powerful data collection tools

Collecting data is an early step in the data lifecycle that is critical when attempting to discover data driven insights that impact lives. BAO Systems harnesses the power of two well-established and supported platforms ─ our Dharma Platform and the open source DHIS2 platform ─ to enable users to efficiently collect data for analysis. We help our partners to select, design, configure, and deploy a best-fit data collection platform.

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Dharma Platform

Using Dharma Platform, individuals with little-to-no technical or coding expertise can rapidly design and deploy their data collection instruments on any device, with or without connectivity.

Our platform provides a complete, out-of-the-box, secure, enterprise-level solution to equip organizations with the tools and insights to quickly maximize their impact in the world.

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DHIS2 is a widely used open source data collection, management, and analytics platform that can be tailored to meet organizational needs without excessive upfront costs.

BAO Systems is a trusted leader in DHIS2 design, configuration, app development, deployment, and hosting. We offer standard and customized training, ranging from fundamentals to advanced analytics.

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Licensing Proprietary Open source
Configuration level of difficulty Easy Moderate
Design to deployment time Hours to days Weeks

Services we offer

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Select and design a best-fit platform.

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Customize the selected platform to meet data collection and analysis needs.

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Build capacity and ownership to continuously manage, maintain, and use the platform.

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Launch and initiate data collection.

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Provide ongoing technical and implementation support to maximize sustainability.