Posts by Alexis

2.30: All about integrations, permissions, and ease of use (VIDEO)

With 2.30, you can group and organize forms and datasets however you wish; more easily connect SurveyCTO data to external systems, including Salesforce, Gmail, Office 365, Twilio, and many, many others; take advantage of more web-based data export options and Stata templates, even for encrypted data; and access a new “Enterprise” version of SurveyCTO that makes it easier to share a single subscription across country offices or teams.

Dobility is hiring: Special Projects Associate

The Special Projects Associate role offers the opportunity to be one of Dobility’s key U.S. employees, with meaningful responsibility and many hats to wear. For the right person, this role will present the opportunity to learn valuable technical and project management tools on the job, while also enjoying 360-degree visibility into the operations of a social enterprise start-up. The role will serve Dobility’s headquarters leadership, and top performers will have the chance to grow with the company and learn invaluable accounting, business data management, and project management skills through their work.

Dobility is hiring: Quality Control Lead

Typically job descriptions start with pleasantries. We’re great. You’re great. Let’s see if we can be great together. But for this role, we’re going to try to scare you off. Dobility’s founder titled our email thread, “Hiring the impossible QC person.” We know we’re pushing the bounds of what is possible. We get that. But we fundamentally need someone on our team who can help us maintain incredibly high reliability standards on a shoestring budget while relentlessly innovating to meet customer needs.

Studying infectious disease, hospitals, and umbilical cord care in Zambia

Boston University’s Center for Global Health and Development (CGHD) is a multidisciplinary research center that focuses on global health and social development challenges. Several of their studies use SurveyCTO, and we recently connected with Dr. Davidson Hamer about his implementation research on infectious disease, particularly as it impacts mothers and children.

Dobility is hiring: Technical Solutions Manager

We’re looking for an energetic and entrepreneurial individual 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 130 countries. This position offers the opportunity to be one of the key early employees—and the firm’s inaugural employee in the D.C. area—with lots of responsibility and many hats to wear.

5 Ways to Improve Your Data Security (Today!) for Digital Data Collection

Close your eyes and imagine you’re being interviewed about your sexual behaviors, your finances, and your health conditions – and then asked the same questions about each member of your family. The person speaking with you has taken photos of you, your children, and your home, and they captured your GPS coordinates within one meter of accuracy. You’ve trusted a stranger with incredibly personal and easily identifiable information. But what steps are they taking to keep your data secure and your family safe?

The Data Explorer is here!

We are beyond excited to share the new Data Explorer exclusively with SurveyCTO users. Not only that, it’s FREE and INCLUDED with every subscription tier… at least for now. The Data Explorer enables you to view encrypted data in the browser with your own 2048-bit encryption keys, visualize data in an integrated system that detects the data types of their fields and how they should be labeled, and catch data-quality issues from the first day of data-collection.

Population Council: WhatsApp, early marriage, and real-time data

The Population Council conducts research to address critical health and development issues around the world. We recently connected with Andrea J. Melnikas about the Council’s work in empowering and improving the lives of adolescent girls through her research on child marriage. She is using tools like WhatsApp and Google Sheets for real-time monitoring and collaboration in India, Malawi, Mali, and Niger to determine approaches to delay early marriage.

Lessons from scaling up enumerator hiring with Laterite

Laterite is a data, research, and technical advisory firm based in Rwanda and Ethiopia – and uses SurveyCTO for everything from short M&E questionnaires to long, complex impact evaluations in education, health, agriculture, governance, and other sectors. Recently, they started using SurveyCTO in innovative ways to streamline and scale up their enumerator hiring and management processes.

Don’t fall for a sexy pitch!

Maria Jones and Florence Kondylis share hard-won “Lessons from a crowdsourcing failure” in Rwanda in their latest post on the World Bank’s Development Impact blog. (We’re glad that SurveyCTO was part of the solution after they ended their relationship with an unnamed technology partner.)