Household survey database template

This template includes a single survey form that demonstrates ActivityInfo's support for household surveys and other mobile data collection processes.

After you copy this template, you can customize the database, forms and fields as well as add records to meet your needs. Click on the button below to add the database to your ActivityInfo account. If you don’t have an account with ActivityInfo, you will be prompted to start a Free trial.

Create your own database based on this template

If you need support for a different setup you can always contact us and we can help you with a more tailored approach.

Customize the questionnaire

Navigate to the "Survey" form and then click "Form settings". You can add, remove or edit the questions in this survey to adjust it to your needs. The survey consists of three sections. The ‘Household Water’ section includes a subform with which you can collect information about the containers used in the household. You can edit that section too.

Form design: Household WASH Survey
Form design: Household WASH Survey

Invite surveyors

Click on "Database settings" and then navigate to "User management." From here, you can invite others to access the database with different roles. You can click "Add user" to invite a team member to access the database.

Navigating to the Database settings
Navigating to the Database settings

This template is configured with three roles:

  • Administrator: can make any change to the database, including customizing the forms
  • Surveyor: can add, edit, delete and export all records
  • Analyst: can only view all records

You can easily edit the roles to meet the needs of your team. Click on a role and then click on 'Edit permissions' to open the list of available permissions. Select the ones you want to keep and click on 'Save'.

Open the survey on a mobile phone or tablet

You and your team can start adding data right away using any device. Navigate to in your device and log in to your account. From there navigate to the ‘Household WASH Survey’ database and to the ‘Survey’ form and click on ‘Add record’ to add the first record to the survey.

Add records using a mobile phone or tablet
Add records using a mobile phone or tablet

View the data as it arrives

As your team starts adding data to the Household survey you will see new records appearing in the Table View for each new answer. You can filter and sort these records to conduct ad-hoc quality control checks.

Another option you have is to use the Map View. This will give you an overview of all households surveyed on a map. To be able to see records on Map View, they need to have either a Geographic point field or a reference to the geographic database. You can use various base maps to examine the situation such as a Satellite or a World Population map.

About the dummy data

This template includes a sample of data from the REACH-UNICEF WASH Household Baseline Survey published on HDX.