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We always love learning from SurveyCTO users about the innovative ways they use our technology to collect quality data. Last year, we had the opportunity to meet with Khushi Baby at the site of one of their research projects in India.

Khushi Baby strives to bridge the immunization gap by bringing technology to the last mile and working extensively in the mHealth sector in the rural villages of India.

As a part of one of their baseline studies, they used SurveyCTO to collect data from pregnant women. They interviewed approximately 5000 pregnant women about their socio-economic status, general demographics, health awareness, health status, and immunization coverage, visiting more than 600 villages in five administrative blocks of District Udaipur, Rajasthan. Khushi Baby is also using SurveyCTO to interview public health workers, officials, and other stakeholders.

“…the Hindi translation of SurveyCTO Collect was especially helpful since the local enumerators could read and write in Hindi.”

We were keen to learn how SurveyCTO was being used in a village like Jhadol, which lacks basic amenities such as electricity. In speaking with the Khushi Baby research team – which included Mr. Mohammed Shahnawaz, COO, Dr. Vijendra Bansiwal, Program Manager, and Mr. Pawan Singh Bhadauriya, Project Associate – we learned that the dashboard analytics features have been providing immediate opportunities to improve field decisions. They reported that the Hindi translation of SurveyCTO Collect was especially helpful in Jhadol since the local enumerators could read and write in Hindi.

When we chatted with the enumerators later in the day, they shared that their data collection work had been streamlined with SurveyCTO and that they were impressed with the battery life of the tablets (seven hours!), which was very important as there was no source to recharge batteries within the village.

One of the best parts of the trip was connecting directly with users in the field. So often we are glued to our desks providing support or dreaming up new product features. Taking a day to meet with project staff was a wonderful break, made all the more enjoyable by our thoughtful hosts.

Photo courtesy of Khushi Baby

Chris Robert


Chris is the founder of SurveyCTO. He now serves as Director and Founder Emeritus, supporting Dobility in a variety of part-time capacities. Over the course of Dobility’s first 10 years, he held several positions, including CEO, CTO, and Head of Product.

Before founding Dobility, he was involved in a long-term project to evaluate the impacts of microfinance in South India; developed online curriculum for a program to promote the use of evidence in policy-making in Pakistan and India; and taught statistics and policy analysis at the Harvard Kennedy School. Before that, he co-founded and helped grow an internet technology consultancy and led technology efforts for the top provider of software and hardware for multi-user bulletin board systems (the online systems most prominent before the Internet).