mVAM: piloting mobile voice technology for household food security data collection
Summary: The mVAM - ‘mobile Vulnerability Analysis and Mapping’ project provides for the use of voice technology for household food security data collection. It is expected that mVAM would lead to a leap in time and cost-efficiency of data collection.
- High cost and cumbersome implementation of primary data collection from households for humanitarian needs assessments.
Innovation Factor: mVAM provides for the use of mobile voice technology for the collection of household food security data. The mVAM approach will allow a more precise understanding of time and cost-efficiency of voice relative to existing face-to-face methods of collecting data. Data collected through voice will feed into established information systems by providing additional, real time data for humanitarian decision making.
Added Value: The mVAM approach is expected to increase cost-effectiveness and timeliness of data collection for short periodic surveys, such as WFP’s regular Food Security Monitoring Systems (FSMS) that track trends over time.
Innovation Phases Description: Process innovation
Key Deliverables / Impact:
- Develop and configure the mVAM Interactive Voice Response (IVR) system.
- Compare cost-efficiency and speed of voice technology and face-to-face interviews for food security monitoring.
- Document lessons learned for using IVR to collect household food security data in humanitarian contexts.