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SurveyCTO has been the data collection tool of choice for J-PAL South Asia for several years now, enabling researchers to collect and analyze quality data on dozens of India-based impact evaluations. Hundreds of other J-PAL and IPA projects have likewise used SurveyCTO in developing countries around the world.

Closer to our headquarters in Cambridge, Massachusetts, we’re thrilled to see how SurveyCTO is contributing to meaningful research in the United States. One recent example comes from J-PAL North America, which is using SurveyCTO on an innovative public-private partnership in South Carolina focused on improving health outcomes for mothers and children living in poverty.

The “Nurse-Family Partnership Pay for Success initiative” is a collaboration between the South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (SCDHHS) and Nurse-Family Partnership, and expands the services of Nurse-Family Partnership to an additional 3,200 first-time, low-income mothers across the state. J-PAL North America is serving as the third-party, independent evaluator of the project and SurveyCTO’s mobile data collection platform is providing the technological backbone for their work.

SurveyCTO’s offline data collection capabilities, its encryption and cold-room computer storage support, and its capacity to automatically warn of potential duplicate surveys – even when the survey is being conducted offline – will enable project partners to collect data they can trust while maintaining strict data security from day one.

Read more about the project here.

Image via Nurse-Family Partnership

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).