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Why ODK in the drc?

ASSP works in some of the most remote areas of DRC where there is little access to modern methods of communication and few resources available. These rural settings pose many complications for project management and data collection. Using Open Data Kit (ODK) software on Android phones has provided a reliable method for communicating with remote teams and collecting high-quality data.

ASSP began using ODK to track and map mass bed net distributions while also collecting demographic information in Kasai. Since then ODK has improved programming and data collection in several areas including nutrition, WASH, behavior change communication, finance and human resources.

ODk Applications in ASSP Programs

ASSP has harnessed the power of ODK to not only improve the quality of data collected but to also improve the transparency of operations and project management.


Tracking nets – over 1.3 million nets tracked during HUT campaigns

Net monitoring – through our Post Distribution Check Ups we have routinely surveyed 5% of households in Nord Ubangi and Kasai to monitor net usage

Demographic surveys – we’ve collected demographic data from more than 456,000 households in Nord Ubangi and Kasai

7,248 community health workers have been trained in data collection using smartphones. Many had never used a smartphone before.

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  • Health center needs assessments – once completed used reports to develop a budget for WASH interventions
  • Reporting on progress for WASH construction
  • Inefficient and hazardous cooking practices also impact families’ economic well-being. The heaviest burden falls on the poorest people in rural areas. Most households rely on biofuels, such as wood and charcoal, for cooking. In rural areas, women and girls are expected to gather and carry wood for the fuel each day across many kilometers, creating higher workloads. As a result, they are drawn away from other productive activities like generating income and school. Fuel accounts for 80% of the family budget amongst the most disadvantaged households.


  • Routine supervision of malnourished children in the Kasai.  More than 2100 recorded to date.
  • Assessments of community gardens coupled with training. (1800+ records)
  • Assessments of community meetings.  (1800+ records)
  • Recently completed data gathering portion for a study with the National Program for Nutrition (PRONANUT) in Mikope and Djoko Punda health Zones. (1800+ records)

ASSP Nutrition Program

Learn more about ASSP’s Nutrition Program and its work to eliminate malnutrition in the DRC.


  • Submitting receipts for gas and use of pirogues in rural locations

Human Resources

  • Submitting timesheets from rural locations
  • Project activity monitoring from afar


  • Certification of solar fridges and solar light installations via ODK submissions


  • BCC surveys –  the communications program piggybacked the malaria program PDCU surveys to collect valuable information on behaviors and perceptions to improve its behavior change communications for malaria, family planning, WASH, and nutrition programs.
  • Ambassador event reporting
  • Focus group research
  • Supervision reporting
  • Convenience surveys of participants

ASSP's Ambassador Program

Learn more about ASSP’s Ambassador Program and its work to teach health behaviors through video messaging at more than 2,000 movie nights across the DRC.

Increasing Access to Health Care

Read more about how ASSP is contributing to improved health by increasing access to health care.

read more about our work with ODK



Technological Advances: Clean Buring Cookstoves - June 2022 (pdf)

ODK Applications Brochure - September 2019 (English version) (version française)


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