• Written by Jana Gombitova
    3 October 2016

There have been a lot of new developments in Akvo Flow in recent months. Here are some highlights:

Geotagging – all photos are now geographically referenced (geotagged). This means the location of where your photo was taken is saved with the photo. 

New languages – the Flow online workspace (dashboard) is now available in Bahasa, Vietnamese and Portuguese, as well as English, French and Spanish.

Signatures – you can now capture respondents’ signatures within your surveys.

Viewing geographic shapes – if you have created a geographic shape in your survey, you will be able to see it when previewing your submitted forms in the Data tab on Flow’s online workspace

Columns for option questions – to make it easier to understand your data, when you export it using the advance settings for raw data reports, each option question now has one column with the summary of the selected option and then a separate column for each option. This is especially handy for questions where you can select multiple options. Lets say your question is: What colours are you wearing today? (select multiple), and you have a list of ten colours to select from. You selected as your answer: blue, grey, white and beige. Previously the answers displayed in one column, looking like this: blue|grey|white|beige. This made it hard to see how many times a particular option was selected. Now you get the summarised column and ten further columns (one for each colour). Selected options show “1” in the column while others show “0”.


Above: Example of a single-select option question and its structure in the “advanced” raw data reports.
Below: Example of a multiple-select option question. The question has 8 options and an ‘other’ option. All the selected answers are combined in the first column and then separately indicated in the subsequent option columns.


We’ve also standardised the way we use and show dates based on the ISO 8601 standard, made improvements to Flow’s security and encryption by enforcing encryption using SSL (secure sockets layer), and implemented a lot of bug fixes and performance improvements

What’s coming up?

There are a few further improvements currently on the roadmap.

If you’re interested in a simple and low-cost way to test drinking water quality, then it may be of interest to you that we’re making it easier to use Akvo Caddisfly within Flow. You will soon be able to add a water quality test to a Flow survey.
We’re also improving maps in Flow. We’re adding the ability to filter based on surveys (within set roles and permissions parameters). And we’re going to be doing a lot of work to improve the overall performance of Akvo Flow during 2017, and we’ll tell you more about that towards the end of this year.

Jana Gombitova is product manager for Akvo Flow, based in Amsterdam. You can follow her on Twitter @janagombitova.