Capture

Design really effective surveys. Collect accurate, timely, geo-tagged information, images and data. Make it immediately accessible online to everyone that needs it.

Monitor

Return to your data points and update them. Base your decisions on an accurate, up-to-date picture of what’s happening on the ground.

Coordinate

Easily connect dispersed teams via a collaborative online workspace. Create and publish surveys in any language and manage how they’re distributed to smartphone users.

Partner

We take a collaborative, partnership approach to supporting you on your data journey. And we provide a range of supporting services to ensure your data collection is effective, efficient and impactful.

What our partners say

  • Organisations using Flow

    258

  • Forms submitted with Flow

    5.617.274

A data collection tool is only as good as the surveys designed on it and the processes supporting it. Akvo Flow is more than a software tool; it’s part of Akvo’s ecosystem of interoperable tools, professional services, and expertise.

Local training

We train people – from data specialists, through to people who’ve never seen a smartphone before – to use Akvo Flow to its full potential. Our courses fit around your team’s schedule and location.

Survey design

We’ll help you create effective surveys, mapped onto the decisions that you want to make with your data.

Project planning

At the centre of effective data collection is adequate planning. We can strengthen your team’s planning skills to ensure you capture relevant, high quality data that meets your information needs.

Data analysis

We can help strengthen your capacity to conduct quantitative and qualitative analysis and visualisations to find meaning in your data, and translate it into information that can be used.

Sector expertise

Akvo people have vast experience of data collection, from small to very large scale, in water and sanitation, education, agriculture, healthcare, disaster response, energy and other sectors.

Regional technical support

We provide regional and remote technical support with offices and staff spread across South and South East Asia, The Pacific, Africa, Europe and America. Our online help centre provides a range of learning resources in English and French. But if you get stuck, we’re here to help.

Works anywhere

Flow’s Android app is designed to work in remote locations that are often off-grid. You can collect data even when you have no network coverage. Collected data uploads automatically from the device to the dashboard whenever network coverage resumes. And surveys and data can be transferred manually to and from devices via USB.

Online workspace

Flow’s user-friendly online dashboard lets you coordinate all aspects of the tool’s use in your organisation. Inspect, filter, edit, clean or delete data. Create and export reports and data visualisations. The dashboard works on any system with an updated internet browser – no need to install software.

Monitoring features

Information can be added to data points over time by creating additional monitoring forms within surveys and returning to the original points in the field to make updates. Existing data can be downloaded to your device so you can even monitor when offline.

Accurate

The Flow app eliminates many of the mistakes common in manual, paper-based surveys. Responses are channeled to keep data clean and usable; and rekeying errors are entirely eliminated. GPS ensures location accuracy.

Diverse data

A wide selection of question types let you capture e.g. geoshapes, geolocations, barcodes, video, photos, text, dates, numbers, signatures and water quality data.

Scalable

Flow can be run on any number of devices and supports the submission of millions of forms without a problem. It works on any system with an updated internet browser. No specific software installation is required.

Interoperable

Flow works well with other Akvo tools. Test water quality using your smartphone with Akvo Caddisfly. Upload data quickly and easily to Export data to other data analysis systems, like Excel, through CSV files. Use the Flow API to link to other systems.

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Manage roles and surveys

The dashboard makes it easy to create surveys and organise them in folders, so you can coordinate large numbers of them and define user access to each. Manage your devices and assign surveys to them remotely as needed.

Multi-lingual

The Flow dashboard and app are available in English, French, Spanish, Portugese, Bahasa Indonesia and Vietnamese. The app is also available in Hindi. Surveys can be created in any language, including non-Latin scripts.

Secure

Flow uses Secure Socket Layer (SSL) encryption protocol for data transmission between various parts of the system.

Dropdown questions

Set up commonly used cascade question groups, e.g. country > district > town > quarter, and use them as needed across all surveys.

Geographic shapes

You can capture a geographic shape, such as the boundaries of a school or farm, as an area, line, or as points on a map. Preview or export your shape on your device or in a map on your dashboard.

Reports and visualisations

Create and export simple reports and data visualisations in the Flow dashboard. For more detailed reports and analysis, combine with Akvo Lumen.

Latest new features

Flow is continuously updated with new features. All users get all the new functions as soon as they’re available.