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SurveyCTO Webinar Series: Applying lessons learned in mix mode data collection projects

Organizations traditionally invested in collecting data face-to-face focused on learning and adaptation this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. While very challenging, it is a process of adapting to new circumstances that bore lessons in resourcefulness. One important lesson focuses on the different modes of data collection that can be used and combined for more strategic and economical project planning.

Even before the announcement of the Safe People + Data Initiative, the team at Dobility responded to COVID-19 through developing computer-assisted telephone interviewing (CATI) functionality, investing in more accessible web forms, creating materials on how to make use of SMS messaging including informed consent, and adding functionality for remote and decentralized data collection.

In this webinar, we discuss lessons learned and demonstrate SurveyCTO features to support remote data collection based on the two following scenarios:

  • Use case 1: Government health facilities around the country have been tasked with providing screening and testing for COVID-19. A broad range of data points are crucial to observe as independently as possible and track over time concerning medical supplies and personal protective equipment.
  • Use case 2: An organization with a mandate to grow the capacity of small farmers is looking to implement and track an intervention. Qualified small farmers must be recruited, with their farms evaluated, and tracked over time to evaluate outcomes.

Other resources:

  1. Presentation slide deck
  2. SurveyCTO workflow for use case 1
  3. SurveyCTO workflow for use case 2

This webinar was brought to you by the Safe People + Data Initiative, led by Dobility, the makers of SurveyCTO, to provide methodologies and resources for safer data collection, in response to new challenges arising from the COVID-19 pandemic and the growing need for safety-focused innovation.

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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.