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SurveyCTO Webinar Series: How Laterite uses Text Audits and Python to Optimize Survey Management

Those who work in survey data collection know that survey duration is an important factor when it comes to delivering a project within budget. To optimize and manage survey duration, the team at Laterite built workflows using SurveyCTO’s text audits feature and a python script. Their goal is to better understand how long surveys take, down to each variable and module, in order to improve survey administration and provide accurate survey cost data for their clients.

Laterite is an East African firm specialized in research for social impact, combining data, research, and analytics to maximize the social impact of the work of their clients. Laterite delivers full-cycle research projects and evaluations to support effective decision-making. Based in East Africa, Laterite offers tested data collection systems, a large pool of enumerators, expert research and innovations team, and a thorough understanding of the countries where they work.

In this webinar, we hear from Bisrat Getachew and Samuel Nzaramba. Bisrat is a Data Quality Analyst at Laterite, where he is responsible for running various quality checks on incoming data as well as coding survey questionnaires into SurveyCTO. Samuel is an Innovations Associate at Laterite and in this role he is responsible for improving, streamlining, and automating processes and systems to maximize efficiency.

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Lindo Simelane

Digital Analytics Associate

Lindo is a part of the marketing team at Dobility, the company that powers SurveyCTO. He is responsible for all aspects of data management and analytics for SurveyCTO’s website, social media, and other marketing efforts.

Lindo has a passion for research to inform policy in international development and economics. He has extensive experience in the ICT4D space that includes research work, and a background in international business and finance.