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The road to a good monitoring and evaluation system is paved with a sound baseline survey. A survey is an integral part of effective data collection and analysis. While it might seem obvious that baseline information is necessary to understanding the cause and/or effect of any study or policy implementation, baseline surveys often don’t get the attention and effort they…

From solving hard business challenges with IBM’s emerging markets strategy division to tackling complex civic problems as the Sub-Divisional Officer (Civil), Rangia, Kamrup District, Assam, Kailash Karthik’s career is a study in contrasts. As a young bureaucrat, Karthik says he was sold on the power of data and technology in aiding efficient decision making. But his journey so far has thrown up…

What Is Probability Sampling? Population sampling is the process of picking a representative subset of a population, in order to conduct research over the entire population. While the most accurate results can be obtained if the entire population is considered, it is neither feasible nor practical. This is exactly why the Census of India, which covers every Indian citizen, is…

What is sampling? Sampling is the process of selecting entities (e.g., people, organizations) from a population of specific interest. By studying this sample, we can generalize our results back to the larger population from which the sample was chosen. There are two main types of sampling methods: probabilistic and non-probabilistic. In probabilistic or random sampling, the sample population is selected…

We worked with Tata Trusts to conduct two census surveys in Chandrapur (Maharashtra) and Noamundi (Jharkhand). Chandrapur and Noamundi are some of the most backward areas in their states. The areas have difficult terrain with little or no access to phone connectivity and electricity. The large-scale census surveys collected data for over 60,000 households within 2 months using tablets. The data…

Organizations around the world have become aware that a data-driven approach is crucial to success. Whether it’s corporates seeking a competitive edge or governments looking for a sharpened focus on their development agenda, the merits of data have been proven time and again. Today, we have a mountain of information available wherever we look. However, it’s easy to go down…

Once you have created a great survey, you need to deploy it in the field. Field data collection is a complex process that often requires lots of time, money, and people. Deploying your survey in the field effectively will not only help save these resources, but it will also make your data more reliable. This blog post covers the 5 steps…