5.1 Technology for Data Collection

As accountability requirements increase and M&E budgets decrease, the YEO field looks to technology to facilitate data collection. Data-driven decision-making is hampered by delays in data collection and “cleaning” data to prevent human error. Mobile, Internet-based, and electronic solutions streamline data collection and reduce turnaround time. These solutions are especially critical for rural, sparsely populated, or conflict-affected areas where distance and security complicate data collection.  Mobile solutions also work for mobile youth who may move between communities or have limited availability due to work or school schedules.