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

    5.909.910

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.

Tool training

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.

Tool support

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.  

Technical consultancy

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.

Context analysis

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.

Monitoring framework

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.

Survey design

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.

Sample design

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.

Data analysis

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.

Data visualisation

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.

Data storytelling

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.

Data science

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.

Report creation

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.

Decision making

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.

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.