Dobility’s response to COVID-19

Updated on June 22, 2020. We’ll continue to update our response to support the evolving needs of our users.

As the impact of COVID-19 grows, we here at Dobility recognize the considerable challenges that many of our users are facing. We’re committed to helping them adapt and still deliver on their projects by immediately facilitating the transition from in-person data collection to alternative methods such as phone surveying, also known as computer-assisted telephone interviewing (CATI). We’re also rapidly making new capabilities and platform flexibility available.

It’s impossible to overstate our appreciation of all of our users, colleagues, and the entire global community of practitioners who are working tirelessly to collect data that informs high-impact policy and programming across the world. Below is our commitment to them: 

  • We’re helping users immediately transition to using SurveyCTO for CATI applications.
  • We’ve developed and continue to develop expanded functionality and resources for CATI-related needs, as well as for adapting projects in other ways.
  • We’re engaging broadly to understand how user needs are evolving. Tell us how we can help here.
  • We’re ensuring that SurveyCTO continues to perform at the highest levels of reliability and quality.
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Helping projects adapt to new realities 

As the ability to collect data in-person becomes more restricted, users are exploring how they can collect data in alternative ways, with many considering a shift to phone surveys. Fortunately, SurveyCTO has often been used for CATI applications, and we’re helping users transition their instruments, workflows, training, and other technical investments.

Our CATI starter kit includes set-up guidance, sample forms and workflows, and support for our plug-ins that automatically launch calls and SMS messaging. The recording of our recent webinar on how to transition projects to telephone interviewing with the CATI starter kit offers a helpful overview, and we’re compiling resources developed by global leaders in digital data collection and research for our users to explore. We’ve also introduced improvements to SurveyCTO Collect, including robust features for phone surveys, enhanced security, quick setups, and remote device management. We’ll continue to offer resources to help users adapt their projects to CATI and other data collection methods.

We released a software update that considerably expands platform flexibility and options for securely sharing data. This includes the freedom to create field plug-ins that can fully control the appearance and functionality of questions in survey forms, as well as the ability to securely and conveniently share real-time data with anyone, anywhere. We plan to build rapidly on the new flexibility and release additional updates as needed to meet evolving needs. Read our updated product roadmap to learn more.

We’re also launching the Safe People + Data Initiative, with generous support from users and partners, to provide methodologies and resources for safer data collection, in response to the growing need for safety-focused innovation.

Engaging with our users

We’re engaging broadly to better understand how needs are changing and how we can help respond to them. Whether you currently use SurveyCTO or not, we’re asking that you tell us what features, resources, and support you believe to be mission-critical (e.g., toolkits, sample forms and workflows, discussion forums). And we’re asking that you share this information urgently. Please tell us how we can help in this brief form

Offering expanded service and subscription flexibility

Permanent changes

For all paid subscriptions, we’ve increased the number of included submissions and raised the discounts for purchasing extra submission credits, making it easier and more affordable to collect more data and adapt projects. Beginning on May 20, 2020, subscriptions include 10,000 incoming form submissions, twice the original allowance of 5,000, and extra submission credits can be purchased at these rates: 

  • 20% discount on purchases of 10,000 to 100,000 extra submission credits.
  • 50% discount on purchases of 100,000 or more extra submission credits. 

Temporary changes

We’re also pleased to offer the following terms for expanded SurveyCTO service and subscription flexibility. This policy will be in effect from March 30, 2020 to August 31, 2020, and we’ll modify it as the needs of our users evolve. 

For users experiencing disruptions to funding, procurement, and other work arrangements, we’re offering the flexibility to “pause” paid subscriptions by switching them to community subscriptions with the following features that support work continuity:

  • Expanded usage allowances of 500 forms (up from 10 forms) and 4 GB of storage (up from 200 MB).
  • 24×7 access to our expert support team for three contacts per team, which was previously only available for paid subscriptions.           

Step-by-step guidance on how to switch subscription levels can be found here.

We’re also offering extended data retention and more flexible account management in the following ways:

  • Retention of all data and forms for 180 days after subscription closure, except for servers with data processing agreements (DPAs). If you have a DPA, contact us at to discuss your options.
  • Extension of all invoice payment grace periods to 30 days.
  • Full refunds within 30 days for credit card payments. (Refunds of extra submission credits can only be granted if they haven’t been consumed and if they were purchased separately.)

For more information on any of these changes, please reach out to us at

Ensuring continuity while promoting health and safety

Our utmost priority is to protect the health and safety of our global staff, and by extension, the communities in which they live and work. Therefore, we’ve suspended business travel and fully transitioned to working from home. We’re also continuing to be agile as the recommended protocols for responding to this pandemic affect other aspects of our lives and routines. 

Despite these challenging circumstances, however, we can assure that we’ll continue to offer high-quality and reliable product performance and support. Per company practice, our teams are accustomed to working remotely, and they are standing by to help our users in any way possible.

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