Web-based, mobile-device friendly, self-report survey system incorporating avatars and gaming console techniques

Online J Public Health Inform. 2014 Oct 16;6(2):e191. doi: 10.5210/ojphi.v6i2.5347. eCollection 2014.


We describe building an avatar-based self-report data collection tool to be used for a specific HIV prevention research project that is evaluating the feasibility and acceptability of this novel approach to collect self-reported data among youth. We discuss the gathering of requirements, the process of building a prototype of the envisioned system, and the lessons learned during the development of the solution. Specific knowledge is shared regarding technical experience with software development technologies and possible avenues for changes that could be considered if such a self-report survey system is used again. Examples of other gaming and avatar technology systems are included to provide further background.

Keywords: ACASI; Avatar; CAPI; CASI; HIV Prevention; HTML5; Interactive questionnaire; PHP; Self-report survey data collection.