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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 free opportunity to explore how the best ideas, innovations, and technologies are changing the way the U.S. Government, business, and philanthropy work together. The event will bring together leading innovators, industry experts, researchers, and scientists to showcase the latest thinking around innovation in government and international development.

As part of this great event SurveyCTO will be running a workshop on “Transitioning from Paper to Digital Data Collection for Non-Techies: An Introduction.” In this workshop we’ll discuss how all types of projects – whether they are rigorous impact evaluations, routine M&E, process monitoring, or other forms of data collection – can benefit from the switch to digital data collection technology. You’ll learn how easy, accessible, and affordable it has become to switch from paper-and-pencil based methods to a digital data collection technology without the need for technical experts.

Be sure to also stop by our table at the Evidence Resource Hub to learn more about:

  • Our field-tested, offline capable technology
  • The hundreds of improvements SurveyCTO has added to basic ODK
  • Our robust data security and encryption features
  • Designing for data quality
  • Monitoring data via built-in tools and external integrations
  • Lessons from our users
  • Transitioning from paper to digital data collection

USAID’s Global Innovation Week is free and it’s easy to register. Even if you can’t come for the whole day we highly recommend stopping by to experience this great event and learn more about SurveyCTO!

For those of you who are new to our technology, SurveyCTO is an ODK-based data collection platform that has been used to collect millions of submissions in over 150 countries by organizations such as the World Bank, International Food Policy Research Institute, Innovations for Poverty Action, OXFAM, Harvard University, and many others committed to rigorous evaluation in rural economic development, agriculture, health, education, and other sectors.

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).