Longitudinal StudiesSecure Data Kit's flexible platform allows organizations to structure their project specifically to meet their goals. In order to structure your Secure Data Kit project for a longitudinal study, here are the components you'll need.

Components of SDK used in Longitudinal Studies

  1. Custom Forms
  2. One-way and Two-way Sync
  3. Dashboard
  4. User Roles

Now, how do we leverage each of these components to create surveys for a longitudinal study in Secure Data Kit? Let's dive in to each one.

How Each Component is Utilized for a Longitudinal Study

Custom Forms

A good case management system collects data using the following form types. The forms and their content can be customized to collect data specific to your organization's goals.

  • Subject — This form collects information about the subject. It will almost always collect demographic information, as well as other information specific to your focus area.
  • Survey (Baseline and Followups) - This form is the core of your research. You can complete this form multiple times for each subject, once as a baseline assessment and again as followups over the period of your study.

One-Way or Two-Way Sync

Now we can utilize Secure Data Kit's one or two way sync to determine if the record should be submitted once and never touched again, or if a record should have the ability to be modified and viewed in the field.

  • One-way sync — data can be submitted, but not viewed or edited from the mobile device. We recommend using this setting for the form containing information about your Subject, as it will not likely change.
  • Two-way sync — data can be both submitted, and viewed and edited from the mobile device. We recommend this setting for the form containing your core survey, as it's not uncommon to need to edit after the initial submission for various reasons.

This can be set at the form-level, meaning one form can utilize one-way sync, while another utilizes two-way sync.

Dashboard

Time to talk about the best part — visualizing and interacting with your data! For longitudinal studies we recommend setting up at least one real-time interactive dashboard, covering information about the subjects in your study and the information as it changes over time. A dashboard for a longitudinal study might have a section visualizing the demographics of your subject, as well as a section showing each indicator as it's changing over time.

User Roles

We have comprehensive user roles which allow you to collaborate with your team and determine who should do what. For a case management project, we recommend the following setup:

  • Admin — This access should be given to one person or a small team of people who manages the entire project and has access to everything.
  • Collect — The ability to collect data should be given to enumerators who interact with subjects regularly, and will need to complete the forms.
  • View / Edit — This role allows the user to view and edit all of the data, and should be given to the data manager on your project.

Why SDK?

So... why should you use Secure Data Kit for longitudinal studies?

  • Friendly support — We've got your back. Our mission is to transform lives with data, and we'll do whatever it takes to make sure you have the support you need to do the same.
  • Flexibility — Our platform is intended for use on mobile devices (iPhone and Android!) or any device with a web browser, so you can continue your research no matter where you are.
  • Mobile and Web support — Our platform is intended for use on mobile devices (iPhone and Android!) or any device with a web browser, so you can continue your research no matter where you are.
  • Offline support — Internet is predictable in an office, but what if you work in remote areas where internet is less reliable? SDK is intended to function anywhere in the word, with or without internet.
  • Cost — We charge a simple hourly rate to get you set up, and after that an affordable monthly fee will keep you up and running. If you're a nonprofit, let us know — we even offer discounted pricing for our nonprofit friends out there transforming lives! See our pricing page for more detailed information!
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