A well planned m&e data collection strategy and well designed data collection tools allow organizations to get useful and meaningful information that help them learn, adapt and improve. They are also often the source of crucial data that help the organization measure the value of many indicators that are in the organization’s (or projects) logframe or result framework.
Many nonprofits depend on pen and paper tools combined with spreadsheet applications like Excel or Google Spreadsheet to manage their data. While this have the advantage of being familiar and somewhat easy to set up, they also have serious limitations.
Data collection tools and data management must work together to ensure that the data collected and information it produces are valid, reliable, precise, and timely.
By facilitating the creation of customized forms and data tables and having measures ensuring the validity of the data, LogAlto help nonprofits meet those standards by bringing together their data management and data collection tools.
Nonprofits and NGOs often work with multiple partners and must reach beneficiaries at the regional, national and global level. It is important that the organization’s tools are flexible enough to allow them to reach stakeholders and beneficiaries in various ways.
With LogAlto, forms can be filled directly on the LogAlto web app, but also as online surveys or downloaded on a mobile device to allow offline data collection and online synchronizing of data.
LogAlto’s interface can help nonprofits create well-designed surveys with a mix of open-ended and closed-ended question.
Integrity of the information is safeguarded by defining who has access to the data collection tools and entered records.
Once this data is collected, it is already safely stored in the system. It can then be aggregated and linked directly to your logframe and analyzed through the Analytics module.
More than forms and questionnaires, LogAlto offers nonprofit tools to collect qualitative data such as pictures or stories, as well as quantitative data through the configuration of data tables fit for most data collection needs.
Our team has a strong experience in data management for nonprofits and not only we can implement LogAlto to help you with your m&e data collection, but we can also advise you earlier in the process on how to design your various forms and surveys to ensure all these developed data collection tools are fit-for-purpose, and help you get useful and meaningful information.
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