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Tools and tips for mobile data collection in nutrition surveys from West and Central Africa

Nutrition surveys based on SMART methodology are used in West Africa to monitor prevalence of child wasting and stunting or to estimate wasting burden to inform nutrition programming. As technology has made data collection easier through use of mobile data collection tools, countries have developed their own ways to adapt from traditional paper-based data collection. This practical guidance, developed by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) West and Central Regional Office, draws on experiences from Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Nigeria and Senegal to provide tips for choosing the most appropriate device, app, data management, or questionnaire. It also provides practical advice to ensure that data collected is of the highest quality. While referring to additional resources, this guidance draws attention to the fact that technology is evolving rapidly and urges implementers to keep an eye on the development of “SMART plus”, the "all digital" transformation of the SMART Project.

The guidance is available in both English and French.

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