Learn survey form design pro tips, best practices, and even explore part of a complex, agricultural survey instrument from IFPRI’s Simrin Makhija.
Learn how Christian Meyer automated the management and scheduling of interviews in an evaluation of the HIPSTER program in Ethiopia.
An interview with Sehj Kashyap, Director of Impact Evaluation at Noora Health to learn how they were transforming hospital hallways and waiting rooms into classrooms to train family members of patients with high impact health skills.
Interview with Till Ludwig, of the Centre for Development Research, on his research trying to better understand how people choose their diets in South Asia.
Dobility sat down with Oxfam Canada’s Anja Kessler to reflect on MERL Tech London 2018, share best practices in digital data collection, and discuss how MEL (monitoring, evaluation, and learning) is improving programing, including Creating Spaces to Act on Violence Against Women and Girls (CS).
Magic Bus India Foundation equips some of India's poorest children and young people with the skills and knowledge to grow up and be successful. In this case study, the Magic Bus team shares their experience with SurveyCTO and how it helped them answer the challenges that they had been facing in their Monitoring and Evaluation projects related to data security and timeliness.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
We've been collaborating with J-PAL for months on their MITx course "Designing and Running Randomized Evaluations" - and we're excited that students will finally get to participate in the SurveyCTO activities we've helped design.
We recently connected with Sharon Weir, the co-founder of 4th Wheel Social Impact (4WSI), about how SurveyCTO aligns with their work improving the way social programs in India are conceptualized, implemented, monitored, and evaluated. She shared details of a recent project in Bangalore that is assessing the impact of life skills program for local youth and why digital data collection is great for researchers AND respondents.
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.
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.
The SurveyCTO team occasionally fields questions about how to keep projects running smoothly, even when, for example, the government shuts down the internet. Most recently, we've been hearing from users in Ethiopia who are struggling to manage government restrictions on accessing the internet.
SurveyCTO user Bruno Schoumaker is a professor of demography at the Université catholique de Louvain, Belgium. We recently connected about his research on French-speaking African immigrants and their descendants in Belgium and how he is using SurveyCTO in his work.
Learn about SurveyCTO projects around the world - including The Sesame Street Hygiene Reach Study Survey in Nigeria, a bean baseline survey in Zimbabwe, a household water use survey in Kiribati, and more - in our August edition of SurveyCTO Photos from the Field.
Oxfam, a long-time SurveyCTO user, recently released their "Mobile Survey Toolkit," which identifies SurveyCTO as one of its "most valuable tools" for mobile data collection.
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.