CMS 2: Realtime Monthly Snapshot


USERNAME: eradicate

PASSWORD: extremepoverty


What is CMS2?

CMS stands for ‘Change Monitoring System’. CMS2, is the second component of a five part system: an innovative smartphone-based monitoring tool. CMS2 utilizes a snapshot 10 minute survey administered by NGO field staff at the household level, on a monthly census basis. The questions asked investigate changes in the lives of beneficiaries. This allows us to capture dynamic, real time, information about thousands of beneficiaries, enabling rapid feedback from their experiences which can be used to guide project implementation and to address problems as they arise.

Collecting and visualising this data enables in-depth analysis of spatial, temporal and socio-demographic trends, offering an insight into the dynamics of extreme poverty across Bangladesh. Crucially, the tool follows the principle of listening to beneficiaries first, as all responses rely on households’ self-assessment of change. CMS2 was developed by shiree in partnership with mPower - ‘enabling development intelligence‘.

The System:

  • Approximately 843 ‘Samsung Galaxy Y’ smartphones equipped with Android operating system, internet connectivity and GPS capabilities. Field staff access a pre-loaded application to conduct the CMS2 questionnaire
  • Data including survey results, photos, audio and GPS coordinates can be sent upon survey completion to shiree’s server (or saved for transmission at a later time)
  • Data is automatically aggregated at shiree and cross tabulated with our CMS1 baseline survey. Results are uploaded in real-time to an online visualisation dashboard
  • Users (NGOs , academics, the development community or public) are able to access the visualisation (with varying levels of privacy controls). Users can make use of this information to support their own agenda, for example NGO project staff can use up-to-date information to guide evidence based management decisions
CMS2 System

Feedback loop showing information flow in the CMS2 system


The CMS2 questionnaire comprises 34 questions with multiple choice or numerical answers. Questions are answered directly by beneficiaries and data is input by field staff. The survey also involves a field officer assessment of the household. CMS2 investigates changes in beneficiaries lives across a number of key indicators:

  1. Socio-economic status
  2. Water and sanitation
  3. Social well-being (happiness)
  4. Nutrition and food security
  5. Health and education
  6. Social safety nets
  7. Significant life events – positive and negative


CMS 2 Application on handset, as used by field staff

CMS 2 Application on handset, as used by field staff

What can I see?

Enrollment on safety nets (Y/N). Despite near total eligibility 76% of our households do not access safety nets

Enrollment on safety nets. Despite near total eligibility, 76% of our households do not access safety nets. (green = access, red = no access)














  • Shiree is in the process of adopting an OpenAccess data policy. You can access the visualisation to see data  presented in a stacked graph view or in a geo-tagged map of Bangladesh. Password details are at the top of this page.
  • Data can be gender-disaggregated and filtered by choice of  demographic, geographic or temporal option. Filters include categories of ethnicity, religion, disability, old age, District, Upazilla and Union.
  • By using the map view it is possible to discern geographic trends and differentiate clusters of interest. For example, you can identify pockets of households who do not have access to safe drinking water.
  • For data protection reasons access to individual household profiles and NGO portfolios is disabled in public access view. If you have any feedback or are interested to discuss CMS2 further please contact
  • To learn more about how to use the CMS2 visualisation download the User Manual