Visit the PMA2020 Website Performance Monitoring and Accountability 2020 (PMA2020) uses innovative mobile technology to routinely gather data on family planning and water, sanitation and hygiene and other health areas. PMA2020 provides rich information useful for reporting, planning, operational decisions and advocacy at the community, country and global levels.
PMA2020 uses Open Data Kit Collect (ODK), an open-source software to collect data on Android smartphones. Data are collected at household and facility levels by a network of female Resident Enumerators (REs) who are typically residents of the communities in which they work. At the end of the each interview REs transfer the data to a central cloud server using mobile data networks. In real time, data are validated, aggregated and prepared into tables and graphs, making results more quickly available to stakeholders as compared to paper-and-pencil surveys. Data are collected on an annual basis.
The growth of information and communication technologies and applications in low-income countries present themselves as ideal tools for data collection and analysis of health statistics. PMA2020 harnesses this innovative technological potential to develop a rapid, routine, low-cost data collection system as a central component of the M&E system for family planning, WASH and other health indicators.
The project is currently active in 11 countries in Africa and Asia and in each country implemented through in-country partner universities and research organizations, with the aim of building local capacity. PMA2020 employs technological innovation at every stage of survey implementation from data collection to aggregation, analysis, and dissemination, tapping the capacity of smart phones and other mobile devices.
Overall direction and support for PMA2020 is provided by the Bill & Melinda Gates Institute for Population and Reproductive Health. The project is funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.