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We’re excited to announce that Dobility is changing how it grows its business and engagement in India through Trestle Research and Consulting’s expanded services to users.

What is Trestle Research and Consulting?

Dobility India Private Limited, launched in 2016 as a wholly-owned subsidiary of Dobility, Inc., is now becoming Trestle Research and Consulting Private Limited, a fully-independent Indian company.

Led by founding director and former Dobility India director Maulik Chauhan and supported by Vikas Arora, Trestle Research and Consulting will leverage its years of experience to provide a wider range of digital data collection services, including training, consulting, form and monitoring system programming, and other support services. It will join the ranks of organizations with SurveyCTO expertise, such as 4th Wheel Social Impact, Outline India, and iKOnet.

Reason for the change

SurveyCTO began in India: while working on a large-scale evaluation of rural microfinance in Thanjavur, I saw the need to develop a more sophisticated and user-friendly data collection platform. Dobility was created as a U.S. company, and as it grew, we decided to more deeply engage with users in India by launching an Indian subsidiary, Dobility India.

Dobility India succeeded immensely in growing and supporting SurveyCTO’s use in India and in deepening relationships with our users. But the subsidiary structure turned out to be a very expensive one to maintain, as regulations meant for massive, tax-avoiding multinational corporations proved costly for a small, mission-oriented organization like Dobility. We realized that we could more efficiently serve Indian users with an independent partner organization, freed from the regulatory burden of being a multinational corporation.

Dobility India’s leadership will now be at the helm of Trestle Research and Consulting, which will more broadly enhance the quality and availability of capacity-building and support services across India.

Support to SurveyCTO users in India will be strengthened

Trestle Research and Consulting’s leadership will harness its vast SurveyCTO and field research experience to grow the company and serve users. Some Trestle Research and Consulting staff members will also be employed by Dobility, Inc. as consultants in its global team. In this capacity, they will continue to expand SurveyCTO’s use in India, foster relationships with user organizations, and respond to support requests and other user needs. 

When acting as representatives of Dobility, Inc., Trestle Research and Consulting staff members will correspond using email addresses and identify themselves as members of our global team. Otherwise, when it comes to discussing and providing complementary services, they will use email addresses and identify themselves as members of the Trestle team. They will come to wear multiple hats.

We are excited about these changes and believe that they will increase the quality and cost-effectiveness of data collection in India’s public, nonprofit, academic, and research sectors.

Please feel free to forward any inquiries about Trestle Research and Consulting to Maulik Chauhan at For any questions about Dobility’s presence in India, email

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).