A data collection and monitoring tool that works anywhere.
Using a smartphone and an online workspace, Akvo Flow makes it simple to gather reliable, geographically referenced data that can be used straight away.
Map situations on the ground quickly and accurately and immediately share the information with whoever needs it.
Design really effective surveys. Collect accurate, timely, geo-tagged information, images and data. Make it immediately accessible online to everyone that needs it.
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.
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.
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
“Akvo Flow plays a pioneer role as the online field data collection tool we use for our current biogas user and carbon monitoring surveys. It helps us to have quick results of field checks and receive the reality of the site picture, GPS coordinates, flagging up incorrect data, and other notations. In future, we will extend the use of Flow within our biogas programme.”
Le Anh Duc
Senior quality control officer, Biogas Project
“In Nepal, we work closely with Akvo and use their tools in all our development programmes. After the 2015 earthquake, one of the major challenges was information management. There was no real time data to drive or design intervention strategies. Using Akvo Flow, we collected information on the market situation and people’s needs and mapped the impact of the earthquake. Our data helped many organisations and made our own programme more demand-driven and realistic, so support from stakeholders was high.”
Information and knowledge management officer, ICCO Cooperation
“We are a national goverment agency that oversees and collaborates with 216 districts, with thousands of communities with water facilities. Akvo Flow makes it possible for us to take information on each facility and instantly transfer it to a database and do analysis. It gives stakeholders, district authorities and regional directors lots of information at a hands reach. We will continue to use it to ensure our WASH services get better and better.”
Organisations using Flow
Forms submitted with Flow
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.
So that you can make the most of each and every feature, we provide tool 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. We have offices and experienced training staff all around the world.
When you have a question or an issue with one of our tools, we’re here to support you both online and on location. Besides our online documentation, we provide regional and remote technical support with offices and staff spread across the world.
Akvo’s technical consultants are there to provide expert advice on the smooth usage of IT tools. For example on data use, application of APIs and IT process design. They are located in all of Akvo’s main hubs.
A thorough understanding of context is key to your project’s success. Which factors will influence your project? What work has already been done? Who was involved? We’ll help you look at the bigger picture and lay a strong foundation for your data planning.
Theory of Change
Shaping your data journey requires a clear understanding of cause and effect. How will your project contribute to impact? Together, we can create, contextualise, and review your Theory of Change to ensure that what you do leads to your desired impact.
In order to measure your progress, you need to monitor key indicators. We can help you design your monitoring framework, from deciding which results need to be tracked to defining the indicators you’ll use to measure them.
Digital survey design is at the heart of accurate data. With surveys designed specifically for your monitoring framework and data use, you’ll ensure that your data sets are reliable. We’ll support you in creating and reviewing your surveys at every step of your data journey.
Survey sampling is key to data analysis as it determines whether your conclusions are scientifically accurate. We can help you balance the cost and the benefits of various sampling options.
Data collector selection
Good quality surveying relies upon data collectors with the right knowledge, skills, and training. We can share best practices from various sectors and support you in the selection process.
Monitoring data collection
Monitoring data collection as it happens can help prevent problems down the line, but knowing how to verify the data collection process can be a challenge. Is the quality up to scratch? Is your sampling going as planned? We can support you in these checkups.
Knowing how to analyse your data to extract the insights that matter can be a challenge. We have data experts around the world to help you translate your data into information that can be used. This involves everything from data quality checks, to cleaning, transformation, and analysis.
Visualising your data brings it to life, and knowing how to visualise it in the right way for the right people gives it meaning. Our data analysts and GIS experts can help you translate your data into clear, compelling, and actionable visuals.
Unlock the stories in your data and share them with the people who need to see them. We can help you communicate the insights gained through your data with visually pleasing and easily digestible dashboards, reports, and interactive sites.
Maximise the potential of various datasets, from data you have collected to data from other sources. We use a combination of mathematics, statistics, and computer science to help you discover the hidden patterns in your datasets.
We automate to achieve efficiency. Automatic report creation is a major time saver. Our technical consultants can develop custom reports to meet your organisation’s needs.
Open data sharing
Contribute to or make use of open data platforms such as the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI) and the Water Point Data Exchange (WPDX). We can help you work with various formats, integrate different data sources, and ensure the data is useful for the audience.
Unleash the power of your data. Trigger evidence-based decision making. Enable positive change. Through the right use of data, you can steer your projects in the right direction. We’re here to help you create sustainable impact.
“Our data enumerators were skilled in data collection and smart phone operation. It was an amazing response and enthusiasm we saw in their eyes after two days of Akvo Flow training. Still I receive calls from some of them expressing their interest about Akvo. One interesting comment from a trainee was: “We have received much training in NGO field but Akvo training is different and we are never tired during the training period”.”
Monitoring Officer, ICCO Cooperation Bangladesh
Akvo’s M&E technical assistance helped me understand the project better. We changed our project plan and developed a new results framework where we measure changes in people and the impact of our work instead of just activities. It also helped us understand data collection methods and how to write monitoring surveys. Akvo Flow makes our work easier. We no longer have to go to the field with a pile of paper surveys; we only bring our mobile phones. It is also great that data is available for processing and use immediately.
WIP Project Advisor
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.
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.
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.
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.
A wide selection of question types let you capture e.g. geoshapes, geolocations, barcodes, video, photos, text, dates, numbers, signatures and water quality data.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Flow uses Secure Socket Layer (SSL) encryption protocol for data transmission between various parts of the system.
Set up commonly used cascade question groups, e.g. country > district > town > quarter, and use them as needed across all surveys.
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.