CommCare Evidence Base

CommCare has an evidence base of more than 100 peer-reviewed studies, including eight randomized controlled trials. Together, these studies demonstrate CommCare’s positive impact on strengthening frontline healthcare systems, frontline worker capabilities, and client results.

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CommCare Evidence Base

Dimagi maintains the CommCare Evidence Base and adds new studies as they are discovered. This resource lives as an online, up-to-date repository, with new studies being shared and published frequently. This can be accessed here:

CommCare Evidence Base: Summary & Highlights

In addition to the online repository, a summary of key highlights can be found here:

Some of the featured studies from the Evidence Base Summary include:

  • Within the CommCare Evidence Base, two RCTs --  one in India and one in Tanzania -- demonstrate that clients of community health workers using CommCare have better behaviors and outcomes than the clients of community health workers who don’t use CommCare.

    • A 2015 Mathematica RCT found improved client behaviors among clients of FLWs using CommCare, including a 73% increase in ANC Visits, 58% increase in consumption of iron tablets, and a 36% increase in the use of contraception (Borkhum, 2015). 

    • An RCT in Tanzania documented a 74% institutional delivery rate for clients whose FLWs use CommCare, compared to a 63% institutional delivery rate in the control group (Hackett 2018).

  • Over 10 years, scaling CommCare in Uttar Pradesh averted 149,468 neonatal deaths - or a 5.3% total reduction of neonatal deaths (Prinja 2018).

  • A 2017 study in India found that CommCare is more cost-effective than cholera and typhoid vaccines (Prinja, 2017).

  • A cardiovascular diseases training for CHWs that took 12 hours with paper took 3 hours with CommCare (Surka, 2014).