Health Facility Assessment Technology Forum

This on-line forum will provide opportunity for people with experience or general interest in using PDAs or GPS in HFA or household surveys. Participants will discuss experiences and lessons learned in using technologies for large scale data collection efforts.

The Health Facility Assessment Technology on-line forum will provide an opportunity for participants to share their experiences, discuss advantages and disadvantages; propose ways of overcoming challenges, raise questions, and explore possible future uses of technologies such as Personal Digital Assistants (PDA) and Global Positioning Systems (GPS) for large scale data collection efforts. Specific objectives include:

  • Share field experience and lessons learned in using PDAs and GPS units within the context of HFA and household surveys, including advantages and disadvantages of these technologies

  • Serve as a forum for persons who have not used these technologies to pose questions related to their use to experienced participants

  • Discuss challenges and propose solutions for overcoming these in the field

  • Explore the potential for future use of these technologies in HFA and household surveys

The online forum will be held January 12 - January 13, 2009. Visit for more information.