Real-time MDA MonitoringStandard Data's flexible platform allows organizations to structure their project specifically to meet their goals. In order to structure your Standard Data project as a real-time MDA monitoring system, here are the components you'll need.

Components of Standard Data used in Real-time MDA Monitoring

  1. Preloaded Dataset
  2. Custom Form
  3. One-way and Two-way Sync
  4. Dashboard
  5. Automated Alerts
  6. User Roles

Now, how do we leverage each of these components to create a Real-time MDA Monitoring system in Standard Data? Let's dive in to each one.

How Each Component is Utilized to Create a Real-time MDA Monitoring System

Preloaded Dataset

In order to create a 'checklist' of who needs to be visited during MDA, we often see clients pre-loading the list of individuals into Standard Data. For community-based MDA, this may be data given to you from the recent census. For school-based MDA, this may be the the list of schools you plan to visit or, if you plan to get more granular, even the list of children who attend each school. These data are uploaded into Standard Data and given the 'two-way sync' setting, which means data can be downloaded to each individual device to be leveraged offline.

Custom Form

A good MDA Monitoring system collects data using a form which asks for the following information. The forms and their content can be customized to collect data specific to your organization's goals, so if there is something not explicitly mentioned here it can certainly be added.

  • Date
  • Location (If school-based, what school? If community-based, collect the address or the gps coordinates)
  • Yes or no question indicating if the individual consumed the medication.
  • For some medications it may be necessary to indicate whether or not the individual ate a meal prior to consuming.
  • Amount of medication consumed.
  • Adverse affects recorded (the answer will trigger an automated alert, see 'Automated Alerts' section for more details)

One-Way or Two-Way Sync

Now we can utilize Standard Data'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 both submitted, and viewed and edited from the mobile device. We recommend the pre-loaded data have this setting so that it can be leveraged offline from the mobile devices.
  • Two-way sync — data can be submitted, but not viewed or edited from the mobile device. We recommend that the custom form collecting MDA information utilize this feature so that the data are submitted securely to the server and not touched again by field-staff.


Time to talk about the best part — visualizing and interacting with your data! For Real-time MDA Monitoring we recommend setting up a dashboard with the following indicators.

  • Progress — What are your coverage goals for this MDA? The progress bar updates in real-time to highlight the progress you are making towards those goals.
  • Adverse Affects — Calls attention to any individuals who may be experiencing adverse affects, so that the necessary assistance can be coordinated.
  • Sex — A simple pie chart noting the sex of the individuals who have been visited during this MDA.
  • Map — Let's be real, maps are just fun! But they can be useful too. We've seen clients leverage maps to do some really cool things during real-time MDA Monitoring. For example, see the medicine inventory remaining in each district on a map. This allows you to coordinate the transportation of excess medicines to districts that may need more than they were originally given.

Automated Alerts

Set custom automated alerts based on certain criteria in your form. For example... did you visit an individual who is experiencing an adverse affect and is in need of immediate care? Send off an alert to a team in the field who can visit urgently and get them the care they need.

User Roles

We have comprehensive user roles which allow you to collaborate with your team and determine who should do what. For real-time MDA Monitoring, 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 field workers (community drug distributers, teachers, etc) who interact with individuals during the MDA, and will need to submit the forms about the MDA.
  • View — This role allows the user to view all of the data, without editing it. This is particularly useful for leadership and stakeholders who may want to see details but do not need the ability to edit.
  • Receives Automated Alerts — People with this role will receive notifications when automated alerts are set off. You may have an alert that goes to an emergency response team if an individual is experiencing a severe adverse affect.

Why Standard Data?

So... why should you use Standard Data 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.
  • Experience — Our team has years of experience in the global health industry. We've been in the field to observe MDA, so we have a vast knowledge of how MDA works, who is involved, etc.
  • Flexibility — Your project in Standard Data can be customized to meet your unique needs. Standard Data has been leveraged as a real-time MDA Monitoring system for both school-based and community-based MDA.
  • Mobile first — Our platform is intended for use on most smartphones, no fancy hardware required!
  • Offline support — Internet is predictable in an office, but what if you work in remote areas where internet is less reliable? Standard Data is intended to function anywhere in the word, with or without internet.
  • Cost — We charge a simple one-time fee 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! Contact us today for a quote.
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