Two members of the TecSalud team, a designer and an engineer did an exercise to compare three popular data collection platforms used in global development. Angela, our systems engineer, is a programming expert with no prior knowledge of any of the tools. Jose, our designer, has never built a data collection tool nor seen one.
Across our 5 scoring categories, we found CommCare to be the most powerful tool of the three platforms, mostly because its easy-to-use interface allows users to build very simple or complex applications.
We found SurveyCTO to be very easy to use. It functions in a very similar way as CommCare, with fewer features. One benefit of SurveyCTO over CommCare is that it does provide an in-tool data visualization feature.
Magpi is a great tool for one-time surveys, with a big advantage of being the only tool of the three that works on Apple iOS.