Apps or innovative technologies for collecting survey data from younger adolescents?

Dear colleagues

Can any of you offer examples, experience or advice on the use of innovative technologies for collecting survey data from younger adolescents in the 10-15yrs age range in a longitudinal study? We're looking for innovations such as:

  • Apps or technologies that facilitate tracking of study participants? Eg: Finger prints to link longitudinal data from respondents. Digital photographs & face recognition software?
  • Ways of making survey data more engaging for young people. Are there surveys that have created games to collect data?
  • Using cell phone technology to break a survey into segments of about 20 minutes long and administered monthly over 14-18 months, and then the second round collected after that?
  • Apps that send periodic messages to engage adolescents, eg happy birthday?
  • Are there strategies that use technologies that can answer questions that young people have so that they can get something (like information) in return for their contributions to the research?

Or if you can suggest other forums or people to connect with, that would also be valuable.

Thanks, in advance.

Warm wishes


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Resources on youth (incl. adolescent) as researchers, see: The Girl Effect, USAID YouthPower webinars,

Dear Julie,

I used a google drive tool to make a survey for kids from 10 to 17 years old about resilience and disasters. It was very useful.

Warm wishes


Ureport is a tool used by UNICEF and WAGGGS


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