1. What is the general goal of the feature?
The goal is to remind users of ODK-Collect to fill a form at a given time - maybe daily reminders (for a daily survey), maybe a weekly reminder (for a weekly survey), and maybe at given times every day (either pre-set e.g. 8 am, 12 noon, 4 pm, 8 pm, or randomly throughout the day). This feature should also include a duration, so it will not work indefinitely. For example - 2 weeks, 3 months, a year.
2. What are some example use cases for this feature?
In a prospective study (either observational or randomized controlled study), participants will be asked to install ODK-Collect, download a survey, and fill it daily, weekly, or several times a day.
For example, patients may be asked daily whether they took a medication or not, and whether they suffered side effects. Or they may be asked about their activities and perceived well being. There are many such situation - taking pictures of meals, hand washing habits, mask wearing - that compare morbidity to behavioral aspects (e.g. COVID19 and mask wearing, or social distancing).
3. What can you contribute to making this feature a reality?
I can deploy ODK-Collect in a study, compare response rates with and without reminders, and report back on user experience.
Background: unlike scientists who are highly motivated to use ODK-Collect to report results, participants in studies are notorious for low response rates. For example, in surveys of travelers to risk areas for Malaria or other diseases, a response rate of 10% is not uncommon. I'd like to use reminders (I'll offer another features) to motivate participants to fill their surveys on time.
In addition to helping my own research, this will extend the usefulness of ODK-Collect in fields of research, such as epidemiology.