2.40: New review and correction workflow and more!

We’re excited to share our latest release with the SurveyCTO user community. With 2.40, you can enable a secure "review and correction" workflow for correcting incoming data (even encrypted submissions), collect richer GPS data with new support for shapes, traces, and offline maps, and much more!

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Join SurveyCTO at USAID’s Evidence & Innovation Day in D.C.

SurveyCTO is excited to participate in this year’s USAID Global Innovation Week as part of the Evidence & Innovation Day on September 28th in Washington D.C. USAID’s Global Innovation Week is a great opportunity to explore how the best ideas, innovations, and technologies are changing the way the U.S. Government, business, and philanthropy work together.

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Achieving Harmony Between Project Implementation and Research – Lessons from Laterite’s Embedded Advisor Model

Laterite recently entered a long-term engagement with TechnoServe’s East Africa Coffee Initiative to provide embedded and independent research and evaluation services to their operations in Ethiopia, Kenya, South Sudan and Rwanda. We spoke with the Laterite team to understand this new embedded model and how it has helped their teams achieve harmony between project implementation and research.

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Mobile case management for multi-dimensional accountability

Oxfam is collaborating with local and global partners to capture, analyze, and respond to community feedback using SurveyCTO's case management functionality in an innovative way. The goal is to inform Oxfam’s Middle East humanitarian response and give those affected by crisis a voice for improved support and services. In this post, Chris summarizes a conference session with Oxfam GB's Emily Tomkys Valteri, including background on SurveyCTO's support for mobile case management.

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Raising funds responsibly is part of a social enterprise’s commitment

As the social enterprise sector grows, one of the more exciting vectors for innovation is financial. Coalitions such as the Impact Terms Project and organizations like Echoing Green are sharing resources and promoting new structures for funding double-bottom-line entities. Click here to read our post in collaboration with the Impact Terms Project.

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Improving the living conditions of populations in Mali with CERIPS

Recently, we had a chance to connect with our users at Centre d'Etudes et de Recherche sur l'Information en Population et Santé (CERIPS), a private research center in West Africa working to improve the living conditions of populations in Mali. CERIPS has worked with Population Council and UNICEF on multiple projects using SurveyCTO to collect baseline and endline survey data.

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Skills, status, and social networks: New research from South India

How does the formation of skills and social networks, especially those defined at the community and individual levels, influence the characteristics of individuals' trajectories in terms of social status, employment, and migration in South India? We connected with Christophe Jalil Nordman about his work on the Networks, Employment, dEbt, Mobilities, and Skills in India Survey (NEEMSIS) project at the French Institute of Pondicherry and asked him how his team is using SurveyCTO.

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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.

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Perspectives from the Mekong region with MDRI

We recently had the pleasure of speaking with researchers at Mekong Development Research Institute (MDRI), a scientific research agency in the Mekong region and longtime SurveyCTO user. MDRI partners with a wide range of international and domestic clients, including the Asian Development Bank, International Labor Organization, United Nations Development Programme, and many others on projects spanning survey management, evaluation, M&E, and applied research.

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Scaling up skills-based training in Rwanda and Uganda with Educate!

Educate! is focused on transforming secondary education in Africa through skills-based training – and has been using SurveyCTO for the past three years to improve and scale up its systems. We recently connected with Educate!’s Shauna Davidson, who shared more about their model, the students they are serving, and how they are integrating SurveyCTO with their monitoring dashboards.

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Join SurveyCTO at the ICT4Eval International Conference in Rome

SurveyCTO has been selected to participate in the Information and Communication Technologies for Evaluation (ICT4Eval) International Conference in Rome on June 6-7. Hosted by the Independent Office of Evaluation of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the conference will focus on innovative approaches to development evaluation.

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Studying the Ready Made Garments (RMG) sector in Bangladesh with ARCED Foundation

Aureolin Research, Consultancy and Expertise Development (ARCED) Foundation is a long-time SurveyCTO user based in Dhaka, Bangladesh that works with teams from Plan International, Oxfam, BRAC Institute of Governance and Development, MIT, National University of Singapore, and many others. We connected with Md. Zahirul Islam about his work at ARCED, their research on the Ready Made Garments (RMG) sector, and how their organization has used SurveyCTO to improve the quality of the data they collect.

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Hunger and schooling: How Mary’s Meals is assessing their programs

Mary's Meals works in 14 countries across Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Caribbean to ensure children receive one daily meal in their place of education. We connected with Programmes Policy and Impact Officer Christopher Martin about innovations in survey design, how he collaborates with country teams, and what they have learned so far.

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‘Empowering women and demystifying technology’ with Barefoot College

Barefoot College has been connecting rural communities to solar, water, education, professions, and advocacy for over forty years. We asked Global Monitoring and Evaluation Director Lauren Remedios about her work leading monitoring and evaluation activities, the Barefoot College training model, and how "solar mamas" are using SurveyCTO in India.

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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.

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New video: From our founder and the field

Have you ever struggled to explain to colleagues, friends, or family what it looks like to use SurveyCTO in the field? Dobility founder and CEO Dr. Christopher Robert shares what he loves most about SurveyCTO - plus new footage from South Africa.

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Meet the team: Vikas Arora on quality data and public health in India

Recently, I had the pleasure of interviewing my colleague, Vikas Arora, who has over a decade of experience in the public health sector. Prior to joining Dobility India, he worked in the pharmaceutical industry, taught public health courses at university, and managed mHealth projects in rural areas. I asked Vikas about his work and the opportunities he see to further engage public health researchers in India.

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