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  • Field Research
    Collecting data from the field is hard. SurveyCTO can help.
    Social Networks
    Poverty Surveys
    Economic Games
    Agricultural Surveys
  • Impact Evaluation
    Powering impact evaluations around the world, for organizations like:
    Innovations for Poverty Action
    Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab
    Social Impact
    World Bank Development Impact Initiative
  • Academic Research
    Used for academic research around the world, for researchers at:
    Harvard University
    Columbia University
    University of California, Davis
    International Food Policy Research Institute
    Every discipline deserves good data. What's yours?
    Development Economics
    Public Health
    Agriculture
    Sociology
  • Monitoring and Evaluation
    Leave the paper behind.
    Improve efficiency and data quality by collecting data electronically.
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What is SurveyCTO?

SurveyCTO is a product that helps you to capture, transport, and process data collected during personal interviews (i.e., it helps you with what is called Computer Assisted Personal Interviews, or CAPI). It's designed for field settings with no (or limited) connectivity. Whether you're collecting data as part of an impact evaluation, academic survey research, project M&E, an mHealth application, or market research, SurveyCTO can make your job easier.

Simple

SurveyCTO makes sophisticated, high-quality electronic data-collection as simple as possible. Use spreadsheets to define survey forms, SurveyCTO expression-builders to define field validation and skip logic, and auto-generated templates for processing in Stata or mail-merging into Word. Synchronize, decrypt, export, and process data with two simple clicks. Read more...

Smart

Pre-load data from baselines, listings, and other sources. Use random audio recordings to audit the quality of survey administration. Scrutinize mail-merged Word documents to catch errors that your automated data checks can't. SurveyCTO is packed with the kind of smart, simple features designed to support world-class data-collection efforts. Read more...

Affordable

With SurveyCTO on your side, you don't have to hire technical consultants to program your surveys or manage your servers. You design your survey and all hosting, technical, and support fees are included in one low monthly fee. SurveyCTO offers superior functionality with minimal fuss and at a price that is hard to beat. Read more...

Safe

SurveyCTO includes several key redundancies for data safety. On the data-collection device, data is stored both on a removable SD card and on the device itself. On the server, SurveyCTO databases are mirrored 24x7 across multiple of Amazon's U.S. data facilities. Continuous backups are restorable to any minute of any day in the last month. Read more...

Secure

SurveyCTO has been built with data security (and IRBs) in mind. With 2048-bit encryption, your data is secure from the point of data collection to the point of data processing. For your most sensitive data, SurveyCTO makes it easy to synchronize encrypted data with a cold-room computer, ensuring that data is never accessible from an Internet-exposed computer. Read more...

Flexible

SurveyCTO is based on Open Data Kit (ODK), an open-source platform for electronic data-collection used in thousands of surveys around the world. For data-collection, the platform leverages the tremendous variety in available Android phones and tablets, and numerous options and possible configurations exist to support different needs. Read more...