CMS 2: Realtime Monthly Snapshot


USERNAME: eradicate

PASSWORD: extremepoverty


What is CMS2?

CMS is a five element  ‘Change Monitoring System’. CMS 2, developed by EEP/Shiree with mPower , is a pilot, ten  minute, monthly census  survey administered at the household level by EEP/Shiree’s  partner NGO field staff.

It is a smart phone-based management information tool which monitors progress achieved by Beneficiary Households (BHHs). It also allows NGOs to track the frequency with which field staff visit each BHH.

The survey allows investigation of changes in the lives of beneficiaries. NGOs can capture dynamic, real time, information about the experiences of thousands of beneficiaries to help guide project implementation and address problems as they arise.

Collecting and visualising the data enables analysis of spatial, temporal and socio-demographic trends which offer  insights into the dynamics of extreme poverty based  on households’ self-assessment of change.

The System:

  • 1,022 ‘Samsung Galaxy Y’ smart phones equipped with Android operating system, internet connectivity and GPS capabilities. Field staff access a pre-loaded application to conduct the CMS 2 questionnaire.
  • Data including survey results, photos, audio and GPS coordinates can be sent upon survey completion to the EEP/Shiree server (or saved for transmission at a later time).
  • Data is automatically aggregated at EEP/Shiree and cross tabulated with our CMS 1 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