Journal Article

On selecting an appropriate customizable electronic self-report survey research technology

This paper will discuss relevant electronic survey technologies to consider when collecting self-report data in the contexts of humanitarian settings, social science research and global public health research. Many public health and epidemiology research efforts require the collection of survey data, particularly using self-report strategies. These strategies make it possible for a survey respondent to use technology such as a tablet or smartphone on her own/ independently, so that privacy is afforded to complete the questionnaires, particularly those that include sensitive or culturally taboo questions. We will outline two self-report technology tools that were developed by Population Council Information Technology specialists and may be considered by scientists and researchers when planning studies. The tools have been used in actual clinical-trial protocols and research-based settings in the developing world, such as clinic environments, field-based surveys, and refugee camps, as well as in developed environments.