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.
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.)
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.)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Prime MinisterGovernment of India
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.)
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.
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!
Consultant (MIS and M&E)Tata Trusts
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.