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In-person interviews and observations are a vital means of data collection, as much of the world’s most critical data comes from remote areas with limited literacy and connectivity. However, as projects adapt to the enduring challenges of COVID-19, safer methods of onboarding, training, and supervising team members are more important than ever.

To meet this need, we’ve expanded SurveyCTO’s functionality to support decentralized data collection operations and systematically reduce the need for travel and in-person interactions. This functionality includes the ability to remotely and securely set up devices (even if they’re personal devices), train enumerators, and supervise their work. In our next webinar on June 24, 2020 at 1 PM UTC / 9 AM ET, we’ll demonstrate how to use SurveyCTO for decentralized data collection, including remote onboarding, training, and accompaniment of enumerators. 

A member of our expert support team will lead a 20-minute presentation and then open the discussion to any of your questions. If you miss the live webinar, you can watch the recording that we’ll post in our video library.

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What you’ll learn

In this webinar, we’ll walk you through how to use SurveyCTO for decentralizing data collection operations, with particular focus on phone surveys, also known as computer-assisted telephone interviewing (CATI). These approaches will be discussed:

Read this overview for more on how SurveyCTO can be used for decentralizing data collection operations. To learn more about conducting phone surveys, explore the CATI starter kit, which offers an automated and scalable approach to using SurveyCTO as a CATI solution.

How to attend?

The webinar will be held on June 24, 2020 at 1 PM UTC / 9 AM ET. Register today to attend! We’ll also post video recordings of all the webinars in our video library and share them on our Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn pages. 

You can also check out the video recording of our last webinar on how to use field plug-ins for phone surveying and adapting your projects to COVID-19 with examples from IPA and the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL). If you’re a SurveyCTO user and need help now, our support team is available 24×7. Go to the Support Center and click on the link to “Submit a support request.” No question is too small. 

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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).