CommCare: The Power of Data Collection


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Data collection and reporting can serve as powerful tools that help people in various aspects of life. But in order to conduct it, a suitable platform is necessary. A place where people can build their apps and reports, in order to match their needs.

A mobile platform called CommCare fulfills these purposes and helps about 450 million people and places around the world. 1 in 20 malnourished children globally are tracked in CommCare. Having knowledge that comes from data means to have the power to change the world for the better.

In this article we will show you how CommCare gives people such power and how SolDevelo could support it with its mission. 


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Dimagi is a for-profit social enterprise based in Cambridge, Massachusetts that delivers open-source software technology suitable for low-resource settings and underserved communities. The company designs clinical interfaces, health information systems, and mobile technologies in order to perform patient-level disease management, clinical decision support, and health system monitoring. Dimagi has additional offices in New Delhi, India, Cape Town, South Africa, Maputo, Mozambique, and Dakar, Senegal.

Our challenge

CommCare is a free open-source mobile platform that enables everyone to build mobile apps. It is used in more than 50 countries, and it is the most widely-adopted, technically-advanced, and evidence-based mobile platform for low-resource settings. 

The client asked us for support in building custom reports for various clients, data migration, and the development of several core functionalities.

Our solution

We developed various projects for a considerable number of Dimagi’s clients. 

We performed data migration of a mobile health alert and reporting system from the old application to CommCareHQ. The system is implemented in Tanzania, and is actively used by 4000 frontline workers. Approximately 5 million records were migrated. 

Among our tasks was also the migration of a system actively used by 1000 frontline workers, which was conducted in January 2013. The aim was to assess the system’s usability and robustness, as well as to come up with a plan for its sustainability. We migrated about 2 million records and data reports from the system’s old application to CommCareHQ. 

We also made custom reports for worldwide organizations, which are used in countries such as Ghana, Malawi, Tanzania, India, Senegal, and Bangladesh.

Our result

As a result, we helped people monitor their projects by making various reports and charts which are interactive and user-friendly. We have also successfully migrated two obsolete systems to CommCareHQ.

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