M&E software

Dear all,

The web is becoming a increasingly accepted medium by researchers, M&E managers and experts to support their monitoring and evaluation needs. Using the web breaks down time and space barriers. Survey researchers can reach respondents wherever they are, at whatever time is most convenient to the respondent. Web based surveys are more cost effective, and easier to interpret and share results. Web based surveys should be one of the tools of an M&E strategy in every results based organization.

Below is a list of the top providers of web based survey solutions. The recommendations are lifted from a discussion on the American Evaluation Association listserve from 21-23 May 2011.

1) LimeSurvey - No need to pay a dime for one of the best survey tools available. Use Limesurvey, a powerful open source application that you host in your own

2) Vovici - costly but very good customer support and offers mobile phone survey support

3) Qualtrics - - low cost, great customer service and good security. Qualtrics surveys work just fine on the iPad. Qualtrics does not have any statisticians on staff with them to support data analysis.

4) Survey monkey

5) Surveyanalytics

6) Gravic - They also publish Remark which is used to manage scanned paper surveys. decent level of layout control

7) SurveySwipe

8) Ethnocoder - Iphone based survey software: you put in a questionnaire, can input the answers digitally and at the same time add photo's or small movies, which you can also tag. All information can be downloaded including attached pictures and movies that are linked to the place in the interview where they were taken.

Please feel free to contribute your own suggestions.



Edited Tue, Dec 11, 2012 12:09 PM

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I just want to let you know that Provalis Research has released QDA Miner Lite, a free version of its computer assisted qualitative data analysis software, QDA Miner. This new freeware provides an easy-to-use tool for coding, annotating and analyzing collections of documents and images such as interview or focus-group transcripts, journal articles, web pages, or customer feedback.

QDA Miner Lite has been designed to meet the basic needs of researchers and analysts performing qualitative data analysis. Advanced features have been removed from the full version of QDA Miner, such as several text retrieval tools (query-by-example, section retrieval, clustered coding, etc.), analysis features (clustering, multidimensional scaling, crosstab, etc.) and advanced code management tools. All the essential features for importing, coding, annotating documents and images and for retrieving coded segments have been kept, creating an easy-to-use CAQDAS tool ideal for those on tiny budgets (or no budget) or those who wish to teach qualitative research in classes.

For more information, visit the product webpage: http://provalisresearch.com/products/qualitative-data-analysis-software/freeware/

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  QDA Miner Lite is a free and easy-to-use version of our popular computer assisted qualitative analysis software.  It can be used for the analysis of textual data such as interview and news transcripts, open-ended responses,...


Thanks Drew.

It is very useful.

Thanks Drew,

I think the last two e-mails are very good, thanks for sharing your research findings.


Sent via Groupsite Mobile.thank you I had only known of survey monkey now I have a list to choose from

Sent via Groupsite Mobile.thank you I had only known of survey monkey now I have a list to choose from

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  • Tue, Jan 21, 2014 11:47 AM

Dear all, 

this is very useful information. Thank you for posting this. 

I am actually looking for a IT System that we can install on Smartphones to run surveys on them. 

So far I have learned about Survey CTO, but it is quite expensive. 

Do you know of any cheaper alternative?

Thank you in advance.



Desiree Winges, M.Sc.
M&E Manager



hi! there is http://www.esurveyspro.com/; which in addition to priced facility also provides free online survey. good to check.




Hi All,

You might like to watch these videos when defining what technology you need for your M&E activities. Collecting the data is just one part of the overall system you need to define.





Digital forms can record more information beyond the questions that appear on-screen. For example, you're probably familiar with reviewing the time a form started and ended, or the time it took to complete the form. Mobile devices can also collect all sorts of sensor readings-like movement and noise-that can reveal important clues about the conditions under which the data was collected. And SurveyCTO can be easily used to flag outlying sensor statistics for a whole new level of awareness of data quality.

Join us in our next webinar on January 29, 2020 at 2 PM UTC / 9 AM ET to learn how to use sensor meta-data as a powerful indicator of data quality. Doing so will bolster your ability to automatically flag outliers and augment your data quality processes.

A member of our expert support team will lead a 20-minute presentation and then open the discussion to any of your questions. If you miss the live webinar, you can watch the recording that we'll post in our video library.


What you'll learn

In 2018, we released support for recording device sensor meta-data in your forms, either in a continuous stream of values reported by the device, or as convenient sensor statistics automatically saved inside the form data. While the full sensor stream data takes a bit more effort to work with (made a little easier for Stata users using this command), flagging records with sensor statistics is a powerful and simple way to be vigilant about data quality.

In this webinar, you'll learn how sensor statistics, detectable by device sensors, can help you better understand how your survey interviews were actually conducted in the field, by answering questions like:

  • Did an interview take place indoors more than all others?
  • Did an interview take place in a noisy or quiet place more than others?
  • Did it seem like no conversation was taking place in an interview compared to others?
  • Did it seem like the device wasn't moving around at all compared to other interviews (or moving more than usual)?

We'll walk you through setting up a sensor-based quality check, and consider some records flagged in the review workflow. We'll also consider individual values relative to the distribution of those values, so you get some idea of why those values are outliers. You'll receive step-by-step guidance on how to do the following:

With these skills, you'll be able to better harness the cutting edge of an already mature set of quality control-related field types that can be included in a SurveyCTO form design, including text auditsaudio audits, and speed violations. You can learn more by exploring our quick-start guide to sensor-powered quality control.

How to attend

The webinar will be held on January 29, 2019 at 2 PM UTC / 9 AM ET. Register now to attend! We'll also post video recordings of all the webinars in our video library and share them on our FacebookTwitter, and LinkedIn pages. 

You can also check out the video recording of our last webinar on how to pre-load choice lists into your forms. And if you need help now, our support team is available 24×7. Go to the Support Center and click on the link to "Submit a support request." No question is too small.





Edited Mon, Feb 3, 2020 10:08 AM

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