Social impact indicators provide one effective way to measure the social impacts of products in developing countries and ensure that engineering design is producing positive impacts on individuals. Internet-connected, remote data collection devices can provide an effective way to use sensors to collect data required to calculate social impact indicators. These devices often allow data to be collected remotely, continuously, and less expensively than other methods that require direct interaction with users. However, many key decisions and questions must be considered during the development and deployment of such devices to avoid risk of failure. To provide a systematic way for researchers interested in employing sensor devices to identify and answer critical development questions, the stages of device development can be decomposed into Data Identification, Device Design, and Device Deployment. This paper discusses the key decisions within each stage of development along with critical questions, common options, and considerations that should be addressed during each stage of device development, thus increasing the likelihood of success. A sensor development canvas outlining the key decisions is also provided as a design tool to easily identify deficiencies in the device during development. Considering these critical questions while developing and deploying data collection devices can help researchers successfully collect social impact indicator data to ensure engineered products are producing desired positive impacts on individuals.

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