Each year, the Philadelphia Bike Coalition oversees an army of volunteers to collect bike ridership data across the city of Philadelphia. Today, the data collection and data analysis processes are all completed with the use of pen, paper, and lots of data entry.
We want to help the Bike Coalition (and any future users) spend less time with data management grunt work so that they can spend more time using the data!
Instead of using paper forms, we aim to provide a digital solution allowing survey volunteers to collect data with a mobile-ready website (or hybrid native app), staff members to export data quickly, and track annual survey progress. Going digital will streamline the process of managing the annual surveys with a key benefit of dramatically reducing the level of effort for survey data entry and cleansing.
Long-term, we're excited for this system's ability to lower the barrier to performing additional surveys, outside of the Bike Coalition's typical annual count. We're equally excited for the potential to extend this platform to other cities or use cases involving surveys!
Summary of (Potential / Hopeful) Benefits
- More accurate survey results
- Improved analytic and reporting capabilities
- Reduce data collection errors
- Reduce data entry errors
- Possibly collect additional data and attributes not currently collected
- Reduce administrative / data entry time to collect and summarize survey results
- Faster volunteer "onboarding and ramp up" to survey procedures and processes
- Reduce time spent by Bike Coalition Staff on data and survey administration
- Enhance Bike Coalition Staff’s ability to edit / change / update survey procedures or data collection attributes in the future
- Facilitate improved survey collection for other bike advocacy groups across the country.
Interested in Helping? Come on down! Here are areas where we'd welcome assistance:
- UX design (junior or senior level) skills - We'd welcome someone taking our current UX to the 'next level'.
- Beta Testers are always welcome
- Python developers - we use Python and the Django framework for our backend APIs, database integration and admin web portal
- Experience with Apache Cordova (which we use to streamline mobile app development across both iOS and Android)
- If interested, shoot an email to: Rich (rmcmillen50 AT gmail.com)