Social impact through data with Outline India

Nishmeet Singh is a Senior Research Analyst with Outline India, a research firm focused on impact at the grassroots level through data-driven decision-making. With two degrees in economics and experience working on projects with Save the Children, Girl Rising, Water Aid, and IMPAQ International, we were eager to learn more about his role at Outline India, his advice for other researchers, and his recent research on forced child labor in the mica mining areas of Jharkhand.

SurveyCTO: You don’t need to be a ‘computer genius’ to use it!

With the launch of our drag-and-drop form designer and the free Community edition of SurveyCTO earlier this year, SurveyCTO has become even more accessible for small-scale NGOs, students, and researchers, not to mention users who are just getting started with survey design. We hear wonderful feedback from our users daily, and we thought we’d take this opportunity to share a few recent testimonials.

Improving patient safety in Kenya with the World Bank Group

The Kenya Patient Safety Impact Evaluation (KePSIE) is a unique partnership between the Kenyan Government and the World Bank Group (WBG). It is the largest trial to date aimed at improving patient safety in low- and middle-income countries. We wanted to learn more about KePSIE and how SurveyCTO is playing a role in the research, so we reached out to Guadalupe Bedoya, an economist in the Development Impact Evaluation team at the World Bank’s Research Group and the Team Leader and co-principal investigator of the impact evaluation.

Considerations when working with service providers

Many organizations work with service providers and local survey firms to implement their research projects. But how do you ensure data quality, data security, and timely – even immediate – access to your data? If you work with service providers or survey firms, you can demand that they use a data collection technology like SurveyCTO and set up simple yet powerful systems for quality control and real-time monitoring.

Considerations for service providers

When you use SurveyCTO for your data collection, you collect better data, your data is more secure, and your turn-around time is faster. As a service provider or survey firm, you may have encountered prospective or current clients who wanted to learn more about the opportunities afforded by digital data collection. To help you make the case for digital data collection, we’ve created the resources below from the perspective of a service provider. Feel free to adapt these materials when discussing SurveyCTO with your clients.

Running lab-in-the-field experiments in Haiti

What are the advantages – and challenges – of running an experiment in the field rather than in a lab? We recently caught up with long-time SurveyCTO user Abbie Turiansky about her research, specifically the lab-in-the-field experiments she has run in Haiti. Abbie is a PhD candidate at UC Davis in the Agricultural and Resource Economics department, focusing on social behavior related to the provision and management of public goods and common-pool resources.

We’re hiring: Sales, Customer, and Community Support

For this position, we are looking for somebody to join our sales and support team. A pillar of our growth and a core part of our mission is not just to provide a great product, but also to provide incredible support and service; we are growing our team to improve our efforts on that front. The ideal candidate will be an excellent communicator with prior experience in outreach, sales, and managing relationships with prospective and existing customers.

Recap and photos: Small data, big impact

Thanks to everyone who helped us celebrate the launch of Dobility India at “Small Data, Big Impact,” the panel discussion we hosted last week in Ahmedabad, India. It was wonderful to see more than one hundred professionals dedicate their Thursday evening to discuss innovations and best practices in high-quality data collection. Thanks also to our wonderful panelists: Dr. Sharon Barnhardt […]

From squirrels to SurveyCTO

In this week’s Terms of Reference podcast by Aidpreneur, Dobility founder and CEO Dr. Christopher Robert tells the SurveyCTO origin story (fun fact: it involves squirrels), discusses why he founded Dobility as a for-profit company, and provides a critical analysis of the development landscape.

Integrating immigrants in Chile

During the past few years, Chile has seen a marked increase in the number of immigrants entering the country, many of whom are seeking better economic conditions. Public policy has not kept pace with the complex realities on the ground; as such, the J-PAL Latin America and the Caribbean (J-PAL LAC) sees a critical role for the generation of evidence than can inform policy and programming. We connected with J-PAL LAC’s Constanza Palacios to learn more about one of their current projects, “Integration of migrants in Chile: the impact of networking.”

We’re hiring! Customer, technical, and training support specialists

Here at Dobility, we are committed to exceptional support for SurveyCTO users. To that end, we are looking for two energetic and entrepreneurial individuals to join our efforts to grow our business and achieve our social mission. Although we are a small, lean, and early-stage social enterprise, our product, SurveyCTO, has already been used by hundreds of teams in over 50 countries, and is growing rapidly.

Launch party photos

Thank you to everyone who joined us last week for the Dobility India launch party in Cambridge. It was great to see familiar faces and make new friends in the social impact and technology world. As Chris said in his remarks, we wouldn’t be here without you, our amazing community of supporters and users!

Survey design and lessons from India

Sumeet Patil is the Research Director at NEERMAN, an impact evaluation and policy research organization based in Mumbai that works in water and sanitation, environmental health, agriculture, energy, and disaster management. Sumeet oversees research study design, quality control, data analysis, and publishing, and he leads strategic business development for the organization. We asked Sumeet to tell us about a few recent projects, how he uses SurveyCTO, and why he recommends transitioning away from paper-based surveys.

Small data, big impact: Panel and launch party

Please join Dobility India for a panel discussion and party in celebration of our India launch. We will be discussing “Small data, big impact: Innovations and best practices in high-quality data collection” with local and global experts as we contribute to building a stronger community of organizations and individuals collecting quality data.

Evaluating girls’ education with Social Impact

How do you encourage girls to enroll in school and engage them sufficiently so they continue their education? We asked Woubedle Alemayehu, the senior program manager in the impact evaluation unit at Social Impact, to tell us more about the evaluation for the Discovery Learning Alliance Discovery Girls Education Project she’s leading in Kenya, Ghana, and Nigeria.

Data quality and measurement: A call to action

The true front line for data quality – the place where the battle for data accuracy is often won or lost – is the point of original data collection. This is the reason why we have been focusing our SurveyCTO efforts on how to help our users collect higher-quality data, and the reason why we’re painfully aware of the so many ways that we and our users could do better.

Announcing our free Community edition

Today I’m thrilled to announce Dobility’s launch of a free “Community” edition of SurveyCTO. This free edition is designed to enable smaller non-profits, researchers, students, and other small-scale users to collect better data in the field. In tandem with our new online form designer, it will enable new users to easily get started with digital data collection, regardless of their budget or technical skill set. We hope that it will deepen our social impact and expand global support for best practices in data collection.

Press release: Dobility launches free Community edition of SurveyCTO

Cambridge, MA – May 17, 2016 – In a move that deepens its social impact and expands global support for best practices in data collection, Dobility today announced the launch of a free “Community” edition of SurveyCTO to enable NGOs, non-profits, researchers, students, and other small-scale users to collect better data in the field. To support its growing user base in South Asia, Dobility also opened an India subsidiary this month.