Auto-loading ODK Collect forms at random intervals

ODK Community,

I am trying to implement a time use method called the "Experiential
Sampling Method" among rural Kenyans. The original method in the 1970's had
a beeper go off at random intervals throughout the day (say 4-6x per day),
prompting the person to fill out a short 2-minute questionnaire each time.
The idea is to sample experience randomly through the day, rather than
relying on recall methods. (The method is from Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, who
you might know as the "flow" guy).

I have designed the 2-minute form in ODK (deployed on cheap phones that
subjects keep), with pictures and audio descriptions for non-literate
subjects, but the random timing bit is stumping me. Ideally, I would have
the phone programmed with an app to go off at random intervals (playing
some sort of subtle alarm) and automatically open the "2-minute form". My
backup plan is to just push text messages to respondents, though this is
imperfect because mobile service is not universally good in our area, so we
might bias the sampling towards activities that happen in places where cell
service is good.

I did not see similar problems on the list. Has anyone implemented
something similar? Any ideas?

Barring that, any recommendations on pre-programmed SMS providers in Kenya,
or alarm apps that you can program to go off at random times (!!) would be
appreciated.

Thanks,
Joe

Just so others know...

If you don't want to build an app to do trigger ODK forms randomly,


is a reasonable alternative.

Yaw

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On Wed, Jun 29, 2016 at 11:46 AM, jhcook@uw.edu wrote:

ODK Community,

I am trying to implement a time use method called the "Experiential Sampling
Method" among rural Kenyans. The original method in the 1970's had a beeper
go off at random intervals throughout the day (say 4-6x per day), prompting
the person to fill out a short 2-minute questionnaire each time. The idea is
to sample experience randomly through the day, rather than relying on recall
methods. (The method is from Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, who you might know as
the "flow" guy).

I have designed the 2-minute form in ODK (deployed on cheap phones that
subjects keep), with pictures and audio descriptions for non-literate
subjects, but the random timing bit is stumping me. Ideally, I would have
the phone programmed with an app to go off at random intervals (playing some
sort of subtle alarm) and automatically open the "2-minute form". My backup
plan is to just push text messages to respondents, though this is imperfect
because mobile service is not universally good in our area, so we might bias
the sampling towards activities that happen in places where cell service is
good.

I did not see similar problems on the list. Has anyone implemented
something similar? Any ideas?

Barring that, any recommendations on pre-programmed SMS providers in Kenya,
or alarm apps that you can program to go off at random times (!!) would be
appreciated.

Thanks,
Joe

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