• How STRATAA surveyed 300K people for a multisite study

    Feb 21, 2017

    Susan Tonks is the Typhoid Strategic Award Programme Manager at University of Oxford. She is responsible for coordination and delivery of a 24-month programme of typhoid surveillance at sites in Africa and Asia. In this guest post, Susan describes her team's work using ODK to collect data on more than 300,000 individuals in Bangladesh, Nepal, and Malawi to support the programme. Read more.

  • Helping AATF collect better data with ODK

    Feb 1, 2017

    Frank Chege is the head of monitoring and evaluation (M&E) at the African Agricultural Technology Foundation. He has advised and supported M&E activities for a portfolio of 10 projects in 13 African countries, covering the access, adoption and deployment of appropriate agricultural technologies. In this guest post, he describes how Nafundi's training and tools have helped AATF's monitoring and evaluation efforts. Read more.

  • Nafundi receives multiyear grant to integrate malaria data

    Jan 17, 2017

    In 2015, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced a new strategy for malaria control and elimination and a key goal was eliminating malaria in at least 10 countries by 2020. In the Eliminating Malaria report that WHO published, action-oriented surveillance data was noted as one of core needs. Read more.

  • Trading surveys for conversations with ODK

    Jan 5, 2017

    Andrew Bell is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Environmental Studies at New York University. He studies the use of surveys, experimental games, and choice experiments to inform the development of agent-based models of agricultural decision processes. In this guest post, Andrew describes work done with Patrick Ward, Mary Killilea, and Md. Ehsanul Haque Tamal developing "microtasks for micropayments" programs with Nafundi and ODK. Read more.

  • Embracing smartphones for sweet potato yield monitoring

    Nov 10, 2016

    Luka Wanjohi works at the International Potato Center (CIP), where he supports their Research Information Systems. Nafundi trained CIP staff on the use of ODK, and in this guest post, Luka describes how Nafundi's training and tools have helped with CIP's monitoring and evaluation efforts. Read more.

  • Serverless ODK deployments with Google Apps

    Oct 26, 2016

    ODK Collect now includes native support for Google Drive and Google Sheets. This powerful new feature helps organizations distribute blank forms via Google Drive and send submissions to Google Sheets without needing to use servers like ODK Aggregate. Read more.

  • Customize ODK forms with fonts, colors, sizes, and links

    May 3, 2016

    Nafundi has added new styling options to ODK Collect that let form designers change fonts, colors, sizes, and add clickable links to ODK forms. Styling can be added using Markdown, a popular and easy-to-use markup language. Read more.

  • Improving polio campaign quality in Jordan, Somalia, and South Sudan

    Apr 12, 2016

    For the World Health Organization (WHO) and ministries of health working to combat and forever put an end to the debilitating poliovirus, access to accurate and time-sensitive information makes a world of difference. Open Data Kit (ODK) is currently being used by WHO and governments in several countries across WHO's Eastern Mediterranean and Africa Regions, including Jordan, Somalia, and South Sudan, as a key tool in mass polio vaccination campaign quality control. Read more.

  • How Cameroon built a national health map in one week

    Feb 29, 2016

    After a polio outbreak in October 2013, the nation of Cameroon launched several mass immunization campaigns against the disease. Early campaigns were of poor quality, but after a nationwide, bottom-up "micro-planning" exercise to gather better data on the size and location of the target population, the quality of the campaigns greatly improved and Cameroon's Ministry of Health wanted to build on their success. Read more.

  • UW CSE and Nafundi share $600K grant for Open Data Kit

    Nov 17, 2015

    The University of Washington's Computer Science and Engineering (UW CSE) program has received a $600K grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to continue improving Open Data Kit (ODK). Nafundi is a sub-grantee on this effort and will be responsible for providing technical assistance to Gates Foundation grantees interested in implementing mobile data collection. Read more.

  • Nafundi receives $172K grant to improve polio data quality

    Oct 14, 2015

    Nafundi has received a $172K grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to help stop polio transmission in endemic and outbreak countries and raise population immunity in at-risk countries by improving data quality. The one-year grant accelerates Nafundi's ongoing work with the Global Polio Eradication Initiative collecting real-time polio data with Open Data Kit in Africa and the Middle East. Read more.

  • Announcing the ODK Discussion Series

    Oct 1, 2015

    I'm excited to announce the launch of the ODK Discussion Series! The goal of the discussion series is to explore the many and varied uses of ODK around the world, as well as to celebrate the contribution of Gaetano Borriello, the visionary behind the ODK project, who passed away earlier this year, far too young. Read more.

  • Join Nafundi for data collection hackathon in Nairobi on Oct 16th

    Sep 17, 2015

    Agricultural organizations across East Africa are working hard to help smallholder farmers adapt to a changing climate and marketplace. Data is crucial to this adaptation, but organizations face challenges collecting reliable field data, sharing information with partners, and communicating actionable insights back to farmers. Read more.

  • ODK form design tips that improve data quality

    Aug 17, 2015

    The team at Nafundi has been designing ODK forms for almost a decade. In that time, we've learned a few form design techniques that has improved data quality for our clients. In this post, we share a few of these techniques with our fellow form designers. Read more.

  • XLSForm Offline and ODK Aggregate VM are now free

    Jul 1, 2015

    At Nafundi, we are always looking to help those who have data collection problems, regardless of their budget. Yesterday, XLSForm Offline was $95 and ODK Aggregate VM was $995. Today, we're happy to announce that XLSForm Offline and ODK Aggregate VM are now free. Forever. Read more.

  • Nafundi's Yaw Anokwa honored by University of Washington for his use of technology in helping the underserved

    Jun 9, 2015

    Every year, the University of Washington selects four outstanding individuals who have made significant contributions to the field of engineering and presents each with a Diamond Award. This year, Nafundi's CEO Yaw Anokwa was selected for the Diamond Award for Distinguished Service. The committee chose Yaw out of the tens of thousands of alumni because of his use of technology in helping the underserved. Read more.

  • Finding and fixing vacant properties through crowdsourced data collection

    Mar 9, 2015

    Shantanu Singh is the founder of Vacant Voices, an organization committed to solving the problem of abandoned homes in America's neighborhoods. In this guest post, Shantanu explains how Vacant Voices uses ODK to collect and deliver crowd-sourced neighborhood data to community organizations who can make a difference. Read more.

  • Reducing errors and delays in collecting millions of World Food Programme data points

    Feb 19, 2015

    Dennis Kinambuga is a Monitoring and Evaluation Officer with the African Economic Research Consortium (AERC), where he supports the monitoring and evaluation of the World Food Programme's Purchase for Progress project in 17 countries. In this guest post, Dennis explains how Nafundi has helped AERC collect and analyze more than 3.6 million data points for the Purchase for Progress project. Read more.

  • Remembering Gaetano Borriello

    Feb 2, 2015

    We have tremendously sad news. Our friend, colleague, and advisor Gaetano Borriello has passed away. Gaetano was the visionary and leader of Open Data Kit. It was his idea that started ODK and his focus on academic research that improves the lives of the underserved that created the ODK community. Read more.

  • Collecting 50 million data points across 200 projects in 40 countries

    Jan 22, 2015

    Brian Chu is an Associate Program Director with the Neglected Tropical Diseases Support Center (NTD-SC) where he provides managerial, statistical, and technical leadership to multiple operational research projects and monitoring and evaluation efforts. In this guest post, Brian explains how Nafundi has helped NTD-SC collect 50 million data points across 200 projects in 40 countries. Read more.

  • eLQAS: Collecting real-time polio vaccination data with ODK

    Dec 8, 2014

    The goal of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) is to ensure that no child suffers from the paralysis caused by polio. Great progress has been made since GPEI's foundation in 1988. Worldwide incidence of polio has fallen by 99% and some 10 million people are walking today because of GPEI's work. The global health community is now pushing to rid the world of the remaining 1% of polio cases and mobile data collection is essential to validating that this important work is done well. Read more.

  • XLSForm Offline: Easily create, convert, and validate forms

    Sep 15, 2014

    Nafundi's XLSForm Offline is an app for Windows and Mac that converts data collection forms created with the XLSForm standard into XForms that ODK Collect or ODK Aggregate need. Once converted, it also validates that the XForm will run perfectly with all ODK tools. Read more.

  • Increasing data safety in ODK Collect with delete after send and forced form save

    Sep 9, 2014

    We are excited to announce that ODK Collect v1.4.4 includes delete after send and forced form saves, two great new features that Nafundi added to increase data safety in ODK Collect. If you haven't upgraded already, now is a great time! Read more.

  • Automating data transfer from ODK Aggregate using ODK Briefcase

    Aug 25, 2014

    ODK Briefcase 1.4.4 introduces a new Command Line Interface (CLI) that will help you automate downloading forms from ODK Aggregate (or ODK Collect) and exporting the forms to an Excel-compatible format like CSV. It can even decrypt those forms if they are encrypted. Read more.

  • Helping WWF protect gorilla habitat in DR Congo

    Aug 5, 2014

    On the eastern edge of the Democratic Republic of Congo lies Virunga National Park, home to the endangered mountain gorilla. The biggest risk to the gorillas' habitat is illegal logging for firewood, and data collection plays a crucial role in helping to protect that habitat. Read more.

  • Enabling large scale monitoring and evaluation for USAID

    Jul 7, 2014

    Feed the Future (FTF) is the U.S. Government's global hunger and food security initiative. The USAID-funded initiative focuses on twelve countries in Africa, four in Asia, and three in Latin America and the Caribbean. An initiative of this size requires large scale monitoring and evaluation, and Nafundi plays an important role in enabling faster turnaround times and greater standardization among the country-specific surveys that FTF uses. Read more.

  • AMPATH reaches one millionth person

    May 29, 2014

    Five years ago, Carl and I went to Eldoret, Kenya with a few Android phones so we could pilot the app that would become Open Data Kit. Read more.

  • Transferring data from ODK Aggregate

    Jan 23, 2014

    Our team at Nafundi often gets asked about the best way to get data from ODK Aggregate. Is it exporting or publishing or APIs? Well, it's complicated. Read more.

  • Nafundi, big data, and social science

    Oct 3, 2013

    Big Data Social Science (BDSS) project at Penn State University that trains researchers in various disciplines on data science and analytics. It's an exciting new model for graduate education and the BDSS site describes the problem they are trying to solve well. Read more.

  • Transforming chimpanzee conservation with mobile data collection

    Oct 1, 2013

    The Jane Goodall Institute (JGI) wanted to empower local forest monitors with tools so they could contribute to an effort documenting the health of natural resources around the world. For this to work, JGI needed phone and tablet software that reduced data entry, increased data quality, and allowed each local community to make decisions using their own data in near real time. In a recent blog post on community forest monitoring, JGI explains their vision: Read more.

  • Solving meaningful problems at Nafundi

    Sep 16, 2013

    UW Viewpoint magazine profiles University of Washington students, faculty and alumni who are making a difference. Their Fall 2013 issue features a story on Nafundi's mission to replace paper forms and surveys with smartphones and tablets. Read more.

  • Nordstrom launches ad campaign featuring Nafundi's work

    Aug 12, 2013

    Nafundi was featured in a Nordstrom commercial for Citizens of Humanity jeans. The ad is running on Nordstrom.com and it's a fun look at the company and a great overview of the work we do. Read more.

  • Nafundi discusses the paper problem on Humanosphere podcast

    Aug 12, 2013

    The Humanosphere site covers the most important issues in the global health, aid and development arena. They have a fantastic podcast and this week, they sat down with Yaw, Nafundi's CEO, to discuss what we call "the paper problem" in health care. Read more.

  • Nafundi presents on smartphones and sustainability at Bloom Seattle

    Jun 27, 2013

    Bloom! is Seattle's showcase evening of innovative speakers working in sustainability. There have been six Blooms in Seattle so far and we were excited to be part of Bloom 7. Read more.

  • Nafundi and Task Force release codebook generator for ODK

    Jun 15, 2013

    The Task Force for Global Health does a lot of data collection and reporting all over the world. As part of their work, they provide their users with a dataset and a codebook that explains the data. Generating a codebook can be tedious work, so Task Force hired Nafundi to automate the process. Read more.

  • Help Nafundi translate ODK Collect into multiple languages

    May 27, 2013

    When we designed the Open Data Kit data collection platform, we wanted to make sure would work all over the world. For that reason, supporting multiple languages inside each tool has always been an important goal. With the community's help, we've made great progress. For example, ODK Collect has been localized into twenty languages! Read more.

  • Google showcases Nafundi's work at I/O conference

    May 14, 2013

    Google I/O is an annual developer conference that showcases the latest from Google's product teams and partners. One of the exciting parts of I/O is the Developer Sandbox, where apps based on Google technologies and products are shown to the thousands of attendees. Read more.

  • Nafundi adds auto send, navigation buttons, and bulk config to ODK Collect

    Apr 22, 2013

    We have made a commitment to improving Open Data Kit (ODK), and for this new v1.3 release of the ODK Collect app, we are excited to add more features that make data collection easier for users. These features include auto sending of finalized forms, forward/backward buttons for navigation, and bulk configuration of devices. Read more.

  • NPR's All Things Considered features Nafundi's humanitarian apps

    Mar 27, 2013

    Our work on apps with a humanitarian touch was recently featured on NPR's All Things Considered. The story titled, More than just Angry Birds, apps can have a humanitarian side too, focuses on developers who are merging their human rights work with their interest in creating smartphone apps. Read more.

  • Nafundi shares tech insights at Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation

    Feb 27, 2013

    The Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation is a research institute working in the area of global health statistics and evaluation. As stated on their website, their goals are "to identify the best strategies to build a healthier world. By measuring health, tracking program performance, finding ways to maximize health system impact, and developing innovative measurement systems, IHME provides a foundation for informed decision-making that ultimately will lead to better health globally." Read more.

  • ODK Aggregate VM: The easiest way to install a copy of Aggregate you control

    Feb 4, 2013

    If you collect data using the Open Data Kit platform, you know that ODK Aggregate is the server that the ODK Collect mobile app downloads new forms from and sends completed forms to. ODK Aggregate is also where you can visualize and export your data. You can install ODK Aggregate on a computer using Tomcat or in the cloud using Google App Engine, but both of these installation methods come with big challenges. Read more.

  • Geekwire podcast features Nafundi's work on mobile tech for social good

    Jan 26, 2013

    Geekwire is a fantastic tech news site that focuses on all the technology happenings in the Seattle area. A few days ago, they featured Nafundi's work blending mobile technologies and social good in their weekly podcast. Read more.

  • Nafundi discusses the future of data collection at Grameen Foundation

    Jan 17, 2013

    Grameen Foundation Technology Center is responsible for much of the technology programs at the Grameen Foundation. Their work focuses on use of mobile phones to improve the lives and livelihoods of the very poor and so it was no surprise that they were one of earliest adopters of Open Data Kit (ODK). Read more.

  • Nafundi and CartONG add metadata, outputs and calculates to ODK Build

    Jan 15, 2013

    We are excited to announce three new features we just added to ODK Build, the popular form designer for Open Data Kit (ODK). The features enable users to build higher quality forms through support for metadata prompts, outputs in captions, and calculates on prompts. Read more.

  • Nafundi discusses technology and global health on Doctors Without Borders panel

    Nov 27, 2012

    Yaw, Nafundi's CEO, will be on a Doctors Without Borders panel moderated by KUOW's Ross Reynolds this Thursday, November 29, 2012 at 7:00 PM in Seattle. The "Closing the Digital Divide in Global Health" panel is free, open to the public, and fully accessible. The abstract is listed below. Read more.

  • Nafundi and eHealth Nigeria add admin mode to ODK Collect

    Nov 26, 2012

    One long requested addition to Open Data Kit's mobile client has been admin mode. Today, I'm excited to announce that Nafundi, with support from eHealth Nigeria, has just added admin mode to ODK Collect! Read more.

  • Nafundi shares mobile data collection learnings at PATH

    Nov 5, 2012

    PATH describes itself as an "international nonprofit organization that transforms global health through innovation. We take an entrepreneurial approach to developing and delivering high-impact, low-cost solutions, from lifesaving vaccines, drugs, diagnostics, and devices to collaborative programs with communities." Read more.

  • A new beginning

    Jun 19, 2012

    As many of you know, ODK is an academic research project, and as such, much of the day to day work is done by students. Carl and I were two of the first students on the project and because we have finished our Ph.Ds, our roles on ODK are changing. Read more.