Promise Tracker

From PeaceTech Wiki
Jump to: navigation, search

Top contributors to this page: DerekPeaceTech

To find an image, do a Google image search of the tool. Find an image about 600px wide, if possible. Copy the image URL and paste into the box below.
What is the name of the tool?
Promise Tracker
Tool Class
To what "family" does the tool belong? Pick as many categories as are appropriate. EG: Data Collection, Security, etc. The wiki will automatically create a link to the relevant tool class.
Data Collection, Monitoring
Who made the tool? Sometimes the tool name and the developer name are the same, and sometimes, they are different.
MIT Center for Civic Media
Date Created
What was the date when the tool was first launched?
Still Maintained?
Do the developers of the tool continue to work on it, adding features and fixing problems?
Open Source?
Is the tool's source code original source code freely available and may it be redistributed and modified? (This makes it possible for users to employ the tool for free, with some technical effort.)
Pick the platforms on which the user would primarily use the tool. Be as selective as possible. If a tool works mainly in the browser, select "Web". If the user can technically load the interface on a smartphone but have a very poor experience, do not select "Android" or "iOS". "Mac" and "PC" are for apps that must be installed to a machine in order to run, as opposed to running from a browser.
iOS, Android, Web
What is the main website where a user can learn more about the tool? (Remember to include "http://)."
Payment Structure
How, if at all, does a user pay to use the tool. Select all that apply: "Free" if there are components of a service that can be used for free; "Paid" if payment is required (either one-time, or at a given rate upon use) for use of the tool's full functionality; "subscription" if a monthly payment is required.
Languages Supported
What languages does the app's interface support? Note: some apps allow users to communicate in other languages but require the user to use an English language interface. In this case, the app is considered only to support "English".
English, Spanish, Portuguese
Skill Level Needed
  • Beginner - The tool has a simple interface that assists the user, either through automatic processes or simple guides, in working with the tool. The user is able to do most things that they need to do without knowledge of advanced concepts, like code.
  • Intermediate - The tool allows the user to perform many tasks without knowledge of advanced concepts, but about an equal amount of functionality requires advanced knowledge. Some training may be required to use the tool.
  • Advanced - The tool requires advanced knowledge or training in order to use most of its functionality.

Tool Description

Promise Tracker is a prototype Data Collection tool for Monitoring government activity that allows citizens to create surveys that can be shared with community members in order to bring issues to the attention of local governments. The tool helps the user to create a simple survey, test it, and deploy it through an Android and iOS app to be deployed by an individual or team of surveyors in the field. All responses are automatically published on a public dashboard which contains a Mapping of response locations and some Data Visualization. The dashboard can be shared via Social Media and other platforms to Inform Audiences, and the individual graphics themselves can be downloaded in a variety of formats (.jpg, .png., .svg).


Data collections types include:

  • Text
  • Number
  • Date
  • Yes/No
  • Select One
  • Select Many
  • Location
  • Image

What Makes This Tool Different from Others in its Class?

Promise Tracker is a survey tool similar to Open Data Kit (ODK) and its offshoots, with a few distinctions. The tool is primarily used for Civic Education - teaching people about the process of data collection for better governance - but is not a fully featured data collection tool. Data security safeguards are not fully developed. The number of data types possible to collect is fewer than Open Data Kit (ODK) because it cannot record video or audio. Data also must be collected through the Android and iOS app - using a webform is not an option. Data collected on through the app is manually, not automatically synced with the online dataset. However, the Promise Tracker interface is useful for showcasing the complete data collection process: Data Collection, Data Visualization and Awareness Raising. It is somewhat simpler to use than Open Data Kit (ODK) or KoBo Toolbox, and the tool automatically creates a publicly available dashboard, reducing the need for the user to visualize data and find ways to publish it online.

Links to Tutorial Content

Projects that use this tool