Advantages of mobile tech over paper for the Point in Time Count:

  • The process of compiling counts from multiple paper sheets is labor intensive and error prone.  Virginia estimated they saved two to three weeks of time for three employees and San Antonio estimated their time savings at roughly 200 hours. 
  • There is a significant delay between when the paper surveys are completed and when the results can be tabulated;
  • Paper forms can't prevent a count volunteer from straying outside of his or her designated count area;
  • With paper, there is no real-time communication between count administrators and volunteers. This can contribute to poor data quality as issues can persist throughout the night of the count and not be recognized until the count is over.  By then it is often too late.