High-quality research requires high-quality data. And whether you’re studying autoimmune diseases or adoption trends, making sure that that information is clean, consistent, and easy to analyze is vital – and tricky. Especially when you’re dealing with multiple sources, diverse subjects, and enough IRB guidelines to fill a book.
Fortunately, Dharma makes it easy to not only collect and analyze clean data, but manage the research process as well. Unique access levels mean that you can let anyone collaborate on forms or manage the collection process. Diverse question types and flexible skip logic lets you customize your research instrument to fit your needs exactly. And the data you export is ready for statistical analysis in STATA, SPSS, R, or any other program that accepts .csv or .xlsx files.
The design, collection, collation, security constraints, and staff oversight involved in randomized controlled trials present a unique technology challenge. The additional technology needs of RCTs in low-resource settings mean that these trials require even more specialization, including the ability to both generate and add to records offline, monitor field teams, and assure proper methodology is implemented by assessing team metrics.
With Dharma’s offline-capable, HIPAA-compliant records system, you can manage an RCT anywhere, in any language, and on any device. In addition, the staff management and tracking features allow you keep tracking of who is what, where, and when.
Dharma works uniquely well for research that includes qualitative components because it neatly integrates quantitative questions, such as information on demographics, with space for qualitative responses. Whether you’re collecting data on a mobile device, a computer running an emulator, or using web forms (coming soon), you can easily type up your notes and make sure they’re tracked to individual records. And the ability to access past records on the fly means that you can quickly check the data you’re collecting now against past notes and feedback.
Yes, Dharma’s great for gathering data of all types. And it’s flexible enough for use in pretty much any discipline you can imagine. But what you might not know is that it offers unprecedented research management tools as well. Individual project controls mean that you can track the work of an entire department – and that each participant can customize their projects as much as they need to. You can set precise start and stop dates, manage researchers and participants across sites, and share results with stakeholders ranging from community members to collaborators at other institutions.