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YEAR IN REVIEW

In 2017, our partners used our platform to power better decisions and change millions of lives.

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surveys completed on our data collection app

11 billion

data points processed on our data intelligence platform

We started SocialCops just over four years ago with a dream — that data can make our world better. Since then, we've been searching for how to make this a reality. 2017 gave us answers that we never could have dreamed of back then.

This year, we watched in awe as the Prime Minister of the world's largest democracy launched a good governance program built on our platform; as we powered the first government scheme to surpass its target by 47%; and as nearly 100,000 surveyors sourced data on our app in 17 countries.

As we looked back on this year, we were blown away by the sheer scale of what our partners have done. We built a platform to make every decision more data-driven. They took it to heights we could hardly dream of four years ago. So as we bid adieu to 2017, we'd like to celebrate our partners, who have taken substantial steps toward creating a better, more data-driven world using our platform.

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We were selected for the 5th Class of Google Launchpad Accelerator. We’ll be joining 23 other startups from around the world in San Francisco in January 2018! (Read more here.)

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We partnered with the United Nations, Government of India and Business Council of Papua New Guinea to track the countries' progress towards achieving Agenda 2030. (Learn more here.)

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched our DISHA dashboard, which finally gives government officials at all levels the data they need to create better data-driven policies. (Read more here.)

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To power better digital data collection, we launched a new version of our mobile data collection app Collect, which 60,000 field auditors used to capture 1.2 bn. data points in 2017! (Check out Collect.)

In 2017, when our partners and our platform joined forces, wonderful things happened.

In 2017, when our partners and our platform joined forces, wonderful things happened.

From the Prime Minister of India to farmers in the heart of rural Zambia, hundreds of leaders are using our data intelligence platform to make their toughest decisions more data-driven and bring about real change for millions of people.

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diseases tracked weekly at the sub-district level

Nearly a quarter of India's annual deaths are from diseases like malaria, dengue, tuberculosis, and gastroenteritis. However, data on these diseases is notoriously inaccurate. We partnered with a large FMCG company to pinpoint weekly outbreaks of 20 major diseases at the sub-district level.

Read more about this deployment.

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fellows powering rapid development in rural Maharashtra

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Under the Village Social Transformation Foundation, fellows are tasked with turning Maharashtra's 1,000 poorest gram panchayats (collections of approximately 600 households) into model villages. The fellows use our platform to collect data on every household and village, then create, execute and monitor targeted village development plans.

$47,000

USD worth of pulses sold on a marketplace to empower farmers in Zambia

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Across Africa, millions of rural smallholder farmers are caught in poverty. Because they cannot access agricultural markets, they are forced to sell their crops to middlemen for low prices. The World Food Programme created Maano, an app to connect farmers directly to buyers. They used our platform to monitor and evaluate the pilot of this app.

Read more about this deployment.

116,000

households given balanced diets to prevent malnutrition

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Adivasis (indigenous people in Southeast Asia) are stuck in an intergenerational cycle of malnutrition. Azim Premji Philanthropic Initiatives uses our platform to monitor their "Farm-to-Plate" model, which ensures that adivasi women and children get a balanced diet.

10 million

rural Indian women who learned how to use a smartphone

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Even cheap smartphones are a source of information and opportunity, yet women in rural India just don't learn how to use them. Internet Saathi, a program pioneered by Tata Trusts and Google, closes this digital literacy gap. They use our platform to track their 25+ NGO partners across 10,000 villages.

Read more about this deployment.

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33 million

clean cooking fuel connections distributed

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Firewood, coal and other clean cooking fuels cause 500,000 deaths per year. Under the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana, new LPG (liquified petroleum gas) connections will replace these unclean cooking sources for women below the poverty line. The Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas used our platform to monitor this scheme and make course corrections.

Read more about this deployment.

1.5 billion

real-time data points aggregated for the first time

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India's government data lives in siloes, separated across different databases because each ministry operates on different geographic units. We partnered with the Ministry of Rural Development to finally unify and make India's most important data points accessible for elected officials at all levels.

Read more about this deployment.

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DISHA dashboard
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Monitoring 41 national schemes

To jumpstart good governance in India, the DISHA Dashboard brings data from 41 flagship government schemes to one place for the first time. This empowers government officials at all levels with data and analysis on key government initiatives for any geographic level, over any time period. (Read more.)

DISHA dashboard

Today, DISHA — the digital dashboard that has been launched in front of you — is a crucial step towards good governance... It will help us take effective monitoring to every village of the country. The decision-making will not be just top to bottom. This dashboard will be a huge success in speeding up the developmental processes in the country.

Narendra Modi
Narendra Modi

Prime Minister

Government of India

Our partners stretch across the globe

Map of SocialCops partner organizations

17

countries have seen our platform in action

99k

people filled surveys on Collect, our data collection app

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Our partners used Collect to track their work, creating 83,250 survey questions and taking 13.5 million photos.

Our partners used Collect to track their work, creating 83,250 survey questions and taking 13.5 million photos.

We expected that any organization could use mobile data collection, but we were still astounded by the variety of organizations that use Collect. Our partners have recorded data about health facilities, crop sales, waste management, education quality, off-grid refrigeration, hostels, sanitation, climate change, and more in 17 countries across the world.

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We launched an all new Collect

Easier data collection for anyone, anywhere, anytime

We took two years of learnings about field data collection and completely rebuilt Collect — the entire user interface and user flow, backend infrastructure, querying, reporting, and more — to make the app far more robust. The brand new Collect went live in 2017. Now Collect can withstand any test, whether it's geotagging rural villages in Zambia without internet or recording 60,000 surveys in a single day. (Learn more about Collect.)

We couldn't be bigger admirers of our Collect users

Organizations around the world use Collect, our mobile-based data collection tool, to bring real-time data into their daily decisions and accelerate their impact. Here we want to shine a spotlight on some of our newest users, whose stories inspire us every day.
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Girl Effect

Sector: Female empowerment

Location: Malawi

Girl Effect uses mass and social media, technology and girl-centred community engagement to challenge individual and social barriers that hold girls and their communities back across Africa. Until now, they collected data on paper, entered it into Excel and analyzed it. Now they are starting to digitize their processes with Collect, starting with tracking interactions between brand ambassadors and youth in Malawi.

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Promethean Power

Sector: Off-grid refrigeration

Location: India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka

Promethean Power creates cold-storage and milk chilling refrigeration systems for dairies off-grid and partially electrified areas. Its servicing team uses Collect to track data on its customers and customer service team.

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Telenor Health

Sector: Healthcare

Location: Bangladesh

A Telenor venture, Telenor Health uses mobile technology to make high quality health information, advice and services accessible for everyone. It uses Collect to capture data on health facilities, pharmacies and healthcare services.

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empowHer India

Sector: Female empowerment

Location: India

empowerHer India works to establish an equitable society where all women are empowered to reach their full potential and become catalysts of transformation for themselves and their communities. It uses Collect to conduct household surveys and run monitoring & evaluation across 3 sectors — water and sanitation, support services and education.

PODCAST

Building for the Next Billion

We made a podcast about our experience building an app that'll stand up to any challenge. Check it out to learn about how Collect is built for the next billion — users in the developing world who are coming online for the first time.

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Wildlife and Environment Society of South Africa

Sector: Environment

Location: South Africa

WESSA implements effective environmental, ecotourism, education and youth development programmes. One of its initiatives is Tourism Blue Flag, a three-year program to improve the quality and visitor experience for South Africa's beaches. WESSA staff at Blue Flag beaches use Collect to collect environmental data, and monitor and evaluate the initiative's impact.

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India Literacy Project

Sector: Education

Location: India

India Literacy Project is a non-profit organization that fights for 100% literacy in India. The organization currently works in over 1,200 villages, impacting around 300,000 people. It uses Collect to carry out field and household surveys, run literacy assessments for children, and log library books.

Join our partners and use mobile data collection to accelerate your work.
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Gone Adventurin

Sector: Waste management

Location: Bangladesh

Gone Adventurin is an action & advisory firm working to create a world without waste. It uses Collect in the Philippines and Indonesia to collect data on waste management at 3 levels — household-level information, tonnage distribution, and daily waste pickups.

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Just for Kicks

Sector: Education

Location: India

Just for Kicks runs football programs to help underprivileged children develop life skills. It uses Collect to track coaches' attendance and capture data about their sessions.

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Empowering rural women through real-time mobile data

The Tata Trusts and Google created the Internet Saathi program to reduce the digital gender divide in rural India. They use our platform to track and assess the program as it brings 10 million women from about 100,000 villages onto the internet for the first time. (Read more.)

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With Collect, we could create a common platform across multiple states and districts. Our program quickly scaled to multiple geographies, requiring language support across multiple languages, which Collect could manage with ease!

Shreeya Ramakrishnan
Shreeya Ramakrishnan

Consultant (MIS and M&E)

Tata Trusts

A few of the new features we built into Collect in 2017

We helped our partners move faster with domain-specific, agile solutions.

We helped our partners move faster with domain-specific, agile solutions.

In 2017, we started building domain-specific solutions for specific use cases. This helped our partners take advantage of our deep domain knowledge and formidable repository of granular data, all packaged into pre-built solutions that we can deploy with incredible agility.

We spent our first three years diving deep into whatever challenges our partners brought us — no matter the domain or challenge, we knew we could solve their problem.

This year, we changed our strategy. We had seen the same set of challenges and use cases over and over, and we had built a powerful platform for wrangling data in emerging markets. Now we could tackle them with pre-built solutions for Sustainable Development Goal tracking, hyperlocal targeting, scheme monitoring, and more.

Our solutions were covered in publications around the world:
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UN SDGs Intelligence

UN SDGs Intelligence

Our Sustainable Development Goals tracking solution, built in partnership with the United Nations Resident Coordinator's Office (India), helps government agencies to measure, track and align their country's development efforts with the United Nations' SDG framework.

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This solution is currently being used in India and Papua New Guinea to holistically track the countries' progress toward achieving Agenda 2030.

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United Nations

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Government of India

Government of Papua New Guinea

Government of Papua New Guinea

Business Council of Papua New Guinea

Business Council of Papua New Guinea

Working with SocialCops has brought a wealth of cutting edge data analytics and software engineering to PNG, epitomising South-South partnerships and knowledge sharing. They have worked around the clock to prepare this dashboard in record time and I am very proud of the result.

Roy Trivedy
Roy Trivedy

Resident Coordinator

United Nations
Scheme Intelligence

Scheme Intelligence

This scheme monitoring and program tracking solution helps governments to implement, track and measure the performance of their programs with data. It connects internal MIS systems with digitized paper field reports, all visualized on intuitive dashboards.

Watch a video demo

This solution is currently being used across all levels of the Indian government to track the progress of some of the country's biggest schemes.

Ministry of Rural Development

Ministry of Rural Development

Government of Maharashtra

Government of Maharashtra

Government of Andhra Pradesh

Government of Andhra Pradesh

Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas

Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas

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Niti Aayog

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Government of Uttar Pradesh

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Powering one of India's fastest executed schemes

Access to clean cooking fuel is a huge problem in India. The Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas partnered with SocialCops to fulfill their flagship scheme's ambitious goal — bring clean cooking fuel to 15 million women in the scheme's first year. With our platform, we overshot that goal by 47%, reaching 22 million women in 2016-17. (Read more.)

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For the first time, it was possible for us to assess the scheme on a pan-India level... SocialCops was instrumental in assessing, analyzing and interpreting the data with high accuracy.

Shri Dharmendra Pradhan
Shri Dharmendra Pradhan

Cabinet Minister for Petroleum & Natural Gas

Government of India

Our village planning solution was featured on TED Talks India Nayi Soch

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We love contributing to the community

While building these solutions, we picked up tons of knowledge and best practices around how to turn data into better decisions. We steadily shared our learnings on our blog and newsletters, and we were thrilled to see the world respond.

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blogs published in 2017

198k

people read our blog

15k

people subscribe to our newsletters

Without our team, none of this would be possible.

Without our team, none of this would be possible.

Our team is a diverse group of engineers, data scientists, economists and entrepreneurs united by one common belief — that data can and should play a role in solving the world's most critical challenges.

We pour our love and learnings into solving every new challenge and equipping every new partner with exactly what they need to make a profound impact. And amidst all the hustle, we make sure to find some time for having fun and celebrating our successes together!

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new people joined our team in 2017

The majority of our new teammates — 22 to be exact — were interns, plus 3 Data For Impact Fellows and 3 consultants. 5 of our interns just couldn't bring themselves to leave and converted to full-time team members!

Check out our Careers page

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age of our youngest team member

The sister of one of our teammates traveled from the U.S. for a summer internship, where she became the resident expert on public speaking and storytelling.

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kgs of ground coffee fueled our work

It doesn't hurt that our favorite coffee roaster is just around the corner from our office. With a nearly equal amount of chai consumed, we were certainly a well caffeinated office this year.

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custom emojis have been added to Slack

Slack Emojis

We're fans of emojis, so it's no surprise that our team added nearly a hundred emojis to Slack this year. We started out small, turning our team members' faces into emojis, but we quickly graduated to an abundance of emojis honoring our favorite projects, partners, memes, tech and more.

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days were dog days (the best kind of day!)

One of our co-founders isn't a big fan of dogs, so we sneak our doggies into the office when they leave town. This year, our dogs frolicked in the office and brightened our days three different times.

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books live in our office library

In 2017, we started an office library, where anyone can share their books with the team. So far, we've racked up 85 books on everything from startup stories and data to languages and history. We even check our books in and out on Collect!

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teammates celebrated work anniversaries

We celebrate our work anniversaries just as excitedly — if not more — than our birthdays. We were thrilled to celebrate 13 team members reaching one year with us, 10 celebrating their second year, and 2 celebrating their third year. (That's quite a feat in a company that's only 4 years old!)

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We put down the values that drive us every day

Bias for Action
Bias for Action

When we see a problem, our instinct is to tackle it head on. We will always value people who believe in actions — those who think big and turn their dreams into work toward our goals.

Give 120%
Give 120%

We don't settle for what's expected. Instead, we push ourselves to go the extra mile. This means raising the bar every time to work smarter and execute to the absolute best of our abilities.

Problem First, Solution Second
Problem First, Solution Second

When a partner shares a feature request or spec sheet, we always dig deeper into the "why". If our solution fulfills their contract but doesn't actually solve their problem, we haven't done our job.

One Team
One Team

We come from diverse backgrounds, but we come together as one team. We treat everyone with equal respect regardless of gender, age, experience, role, or any other trait.

Be Straightforward
Be Straightforward

This is not only encouraged, but expected at SocialCops. If you're not proactively giving feedback, we think you're actually doing your teammates a disservice.

Never Be Satisfied
Never Be Satisfied

Every day, our team puts our heads together to make the impossible possible. Growing ourselves and our work exponentially is an essential part of our daily work.

  • Whenever we kick off a deployment, the first thing we all talk about is the impact that the project will have ... instead of going straight to what the contract says or what the client says, or what the monetary value of the project is. Starting this way reminds us who we're actually working for.

    Ankita Mathur

    Research Associate

    Ankita Mathur
  • I’ve voiced my thinking about what’s working and what are we failing at (both internally and externally), about what we are cool and not so cool at... There is a sense of freedom and responsibility to question everything.

    Chetan Sharma

    Product Engineer

    Chetan Sharma
  • I see people driven by two things — bettering the world and bettering themselves. I feel that at SocialCops I am doing both.

    Astha Rattan

    Growth Marketer

    Astha Rattan
  • I've never seen this kind of empathy in a workplace. In another workplace, if I missed a deliverable I would get a message saying, “Why isn't this on my desk?” At SocialCops, it is, “Hey, I'm guessing you've been caught up with something else, let me know when you can get it to me.”

    Mukund Tripathi

    Software Engineer

    Mukund Tripathi
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We revamped our onboarding

Onboarding sets someone up for success at SocialCops, which is why we care about it so much. Knowing that this year would bring an influx of new team members, we wanted to make sure our onboarding was top notch! We created new processes and content just for onboarding. And we get feedback from every new person to make sure we're constantly improving the process!

Data Nerds

We started 360 degree reviews

Providing constant feedback to teammates was easy when we were a small team. This year, we created a quarterly review process in which team members self assess and receive feedback from peers and team leaders. The in-person feedback sessions then help us review our progress and set goals for the future.

Team Collaboration

We hacked our way to a better SocialCops

In June, we held our 2017 Hackathon. Our goal: build amazing things to make SocialCops better. For 24 hours, we learned and hacked our way through ambitious projects, including a Google Instant app for our sales team and interactive timelines about SocialCops' history for onboarding new hires.

Read more about our 2017 Hackathon.

Thank you from everyone at SocialCops!

Thank you from everyone at SocialCops!

2017 was a remarkable year for us. We're so excited to have shared it with so many passionate partners who have taken our work to new heights.

From everyone in Team SocialCops, thanks for a great 2017! We can't wait to continue using data intelligence to power better decisions in 2018.

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