Usability of low-cost android data collection system for community-based participatory research

Hamisu M. Salihu, Abraham Salinas-Miranda, De Anne Turner, Lindsey King, Arnut Paothong, Deborah Austin, Estrellita Lo Berry

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Background: Android tablet computers can be valuable tools for data collection, but their usability has not been evaluated in community-based participatory research (CBPR). Objectives: This article examines the usability of a low-cost bilingual touchscreen computerized survey system using Android tablets, piloted with a sample of 201 community residents in Tampa, Florida, from November 2013 to March 2014. Methods: Needs assessment questions were designed with the droidSURVEY software, and deployed using Android tablet computers. In addition, participants were asked questions about system usability. Results: The mean system usability was 77.57 ± 17.66 (range, 0–100). The mean completion time for taking the 63 survey questions in the needs assessment was 23.11 ± 9.62 minutes. The survey completion rate was optimal (100%), with only 6.34% missingness per variable. We found no sociodemographic differences in usability scores. Conclusions: Our findings indicate that Android tablets could serve as useful tools in CBPR studies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)265-273
Number of pages9
JournalProgress in Community Health Partnerships: Research, Education, and Action
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 1 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • Android tablets
  • Community-based participatory research
  • Computerized surveys
  • DroidSURVEY
  • Needs assessment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Education
  • Sociology and Political Science

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