The Big 4 of RCS
Back-Checking & Enhanced Verification
GPS Point Comparison
Finger Print Scanning
Custom Services and Training
Randomization Order Recording
Text/Audio Overlay Capabilities
Conditional Audio Recording
This enables clients to control an interviewer’s access to the survey based on their device’s recorded geographic coordinates in relation to pre-determined targets for each area included in the project.
With extremely limited access to Internet in many areas in Africa, the Middle East, South and Central Asia and Latin America, oﬄine data collection is a necessity. Surveys are also tailored to include features that allow interviewers to adapt to changing realities in ﬁeldwork without the need to synchronize devices online.
In many countries it may be diﬃcult to fully employ tablet-based surveys due to security and crime concerns. RCS also supports specialized tools on smaller, more discrete phones that aid pen-and-paper research. Such tools include GPS coordinate collection, photo taking, and instruments programmed to assist with household enumeration and respondent selection.
Translations in RCS are included in the same instrument and can be switched at any point in the survey as needed.
All projects have access to a standard web portal that allows productivity monitoring, basic data analysis, and access to datasets and other information captured in ﬁeld. Customized dashboards have also been created to include automatic report generation and monitoring of field work by interviewer, date, location and key demographics. This provides clients with a fully transparent view of how their project is moving forward.
RCS can collect various types of data, including standard listed and open-ended questions; single and multi-answer variables; text and numeric variables; battery options; looped questions and looped sections; page-by-page or question-by-question timestamps; altitude readings; audio, photo, and video capture; GPS coordinates; and digital signatures. RCS is even capable of linking with external applications and devices as needed for a project; for example, fingerprint scanners and Bluetooth printers. Collection of personally identifiable data will vary with local laws and respondent consent.