Rapid Mobile Phone Survey on Economic Conditions (2011)


PROGRAMME AREA: Real-time Evaluation

LAB: New York


Global Pulse in partnership with is conducting a mobile phone survey across multiple countries including Uganda, India, Mexico, Ukraine and Iraq. The survey is being conducted via text message and uses simple questions to understand how populations in different parts of the world perceive

  1. Economic conditions over the last year,
  2. Their ability to meet their own household needs,
  3. Changes they've made to their way of life and
  4. Their attitudes about the future.

Global Pulse will work with top designers and analysts to analyze, compare and represent message content by employing innovative visualization techniques such as interactive maps, word clouds and spatial display.

In addition to gathering and analyzing results, the survey will be used as a test case for rapid mobile based data collection. The data set collected by the survey will help Global Pulse to develop a qualitative analytical framework for early detection of impacts and shifting patterns of vulnerability.