Now, how do we leverage each of these components to create a Real-time MDA Monitoring system in Secure Data Kit? Let's dive in to each one.
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 SDK. 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 SDK and given the 'two-way sync' setting, which means data can be downloaded to each individual device to be leveraged offline.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
So... why should you use Secure Data Kit for longitudinal studies?