Data Intelligence for Impact Management An Interview with Hrishikesh Parthasarathy, APPI
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Why Nonprofits Must Embrace Data-Driven Impact Management: An Interview with Hrishikesh Parthasarathy, APPI

Hrishikesh Parthasarathy, Vice-President (Impact) at the Azim Premji Philanthropic Initiatives (APPI), talks to us about why nonprofits and philanthropies need to embrace data-driven impact management as a fundamental process to improve their decision-making. He also shares how having the right data makes it possible for relevant stakeholders in a project to…
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undp papua new guinea sdgs
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UNDP Papua New Guinea: Sustainable Development Goals and PNG Businesses

“[D]ata and technology can be used to chart a more scientific (and measurable) approach to development. The dashboard we are working on here in PNG will help highlight where development activities businesses are engaging in and where. This will support partnerships with other businesses, government departments and all development partners.” In…
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Data Intelligence for Data-Driven Governance: Interview with Poornima Dore, Tata Trusts

Senior Program Officer at Tata Trusts, Poornima Dore talks to us about the various data roadblocks in the current decision-making tools and processes in India. She stresses the need to build scalable systems of measuring, monitoring and tracking development initiatives with the help of data and technology, and why Tata…
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DISHA dashboard
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Firstpost: Narendra Modi says India has no dearth of resources, only needs good governance for development

  He (Prime Minister Narendra Modi) also launched the DISHA portal, a smart-governance tool developed for MPs and MLAs for monitoring implementation of various programmes and schemes of different ministries in their respective constituencies through a single portal. We are excited to have the DISHA dashboard — one of our…
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DISHA dashboard
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PM Narendra Modi Launches DISHA – Our Data Platform to Help the Government Unlock Development in Districts

DISHA is a crucial step towards good governance through which we will be able to monitor everything centrally. It will enable us to effectively monitor every village of the country. – Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India India took a definitive step towards data-driven decision making in governance today, and we…
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District Collector Chandrapur IAS Ashutosh Salil talks about how data intelligence is helping the local administration to drive targeted model village development with SocialCops and Tata Trusts
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Data Intelligence for District Governance: An Interview with District Collector, Ashutosh Salil

District Collector for Chandrapur, Maharashtra, Ashutosh Salil (IAS) delves into the increasing role of data and technology in transforming district governance. He looks back at the various challenges and roadblocks faced by district administrators in India and imagines a future where data can empower local communities and administrations alike for…
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Data Intelligence for Village Microplanning: Interview with Paresh Manohar, Tata Trusts

Senior Program Officer at Tata Trusts, Paresh J. Manohar shares how Tata Trusts is working closely with different state governments under the Saansad Adarsh Gram Yojana to drive rapid model village development across the country. Looking back at the administrative challenges faced by local governments and philanthropies like Tata Trusts…
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How to Conduct a Successful Focus Group Discussion
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How to Conduct a Successful Focus Group Discussion

What is a Focus Group Discussion? A Focus Group Discussion (or FGD) is a qualitative research method in the social sciences, with a particular emphasis and application in the developmental program evaluation sphere. FGDs are a predetermined semi-structured interview led by a skilled moderator. The moderator asks broad questions to elicit…
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geospatial world
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Geospatial World: Centralized data intelligence-based planning necessary for sustainable development

Is centralized data intelligence-based planning crucial for #sustainable development? https://t.co/unIPbXG5y0 @Social_Cops @prukalpa — GEOSPATIAL WORLD (@geoworldmedia) August 31, 2017 Decision making at both national and international level is becoming data-driven. Data – spatial data to be specific is critical to solving a lot of national problems and data intelligence can,…
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The quiet digital revolution in Chandrapur

A pioneering initiative of the Maharashtra government has data-mapped three blocks of the district at an unprecedented level. Jiwati taluka (or sub-district) in Maharashtra’s Chandrapur district is often called the “punishment block” in government echelons. Almost on the Andhra border, it takes two hours to reach the thickly forested area…
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Data Intelligence for Model Village Development: Interview with Cabinet Minister Sudhir Mungantiwar

Cabinet Minister (Finance, Planning, and Forest) for the Government of Maharashtra, as well as Guardian Minister for the district of Chandrapur in Maharashtra, Sudhir Mungantiwar talks about the vision behind the Saansad Adarsh Gram Yojana and the role data and technology can play in measuring and understanding socioeconomic dynamics and…
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IAS Ashutosh Jindal on using Data Intelligence for Digtal Governance in Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana PMUY
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Data Intelligence for Digital Governance: An Interview with Joint Secretary, Ashutosh Jindal (IAS)

Joint Secretary for the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas, Government of India, Ashutosh Jindal (IAS) reflects on the changing landscapes of digital governance in India and its impact on his day-to-day decisions as a bureaucrat. He talks about the role of data and technology in driving the Pradhan Mantri…
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Economic Times: How state govts across India are using data mining & dashboards for better governance

“We have seen that a large part of service delivery… it does not reach people at the end of the day, because the decision maker does not have full information.” (Poornima Dore, Tata Trusts) We partnered with the Tata Trusts to drive micro-targeted development in the Chandrapur district of Maharashtra.…
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Data Intelligence for Scheme Implementation: An Interview with Dharmendra Pradhan

Hon’ble Minister of State for Petroleum and Natural Gas, Government of India, Mr. Dharmendra Pradhan shares his thoughts around how the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY) harnesses the power of  data intelligence for efficient planning, tracking and monitoring throughout the nation. Watch the full interview in the video above or…
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Using Data Intelligence to Track Progress Towards the UN SDGs

SocialCops was invited to speak at the #BusinessCoalition4SDGs Conference held in Papua New Guinea where we presented our work around tracking India’s progress towards achieving United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs) with the help of data intelligence. “The forum heard about an innovative web platform developed by a leading Indian…
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economic times, socialcops, rajan anandan, entrepreneurs, singapore
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Economic Times: Why a clutch of young tech ventures are keen on projects for the government

Why a clutch of young tech ventures are keen on projects for the government https://t.co/lV664FAXQw @aphota @lucideustech @Social_Cops — ETtech (@ETtech) June 15, 2017 We’re excited that our work with the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas was featured in an Economic Times article about startups working with the government to…
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Analytics India: This Delhi-based Data Intelligence Company is using data to build fast, scalable and intuitive solutions to complex problems

‘Data intelligence, which is the essence of this startup, lets SocialCops’ partners use their platform to gain insights from the world’s most difficult data and make complex decisions feel effortless.’ We’re excited to be featured in Analytics India Magazine, which spoke to our co-founder Prukalpa about how SocialCops is making data-driven decisions easier, our…
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m&e
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5 Ways Technology Can Improve Your M&E

The monitoring and evaluation (M&E) process is turning into a spry new creature with technology. With increasing emphasis on real-time feedback, more rigorous data collection, and quantifiable results, the spread and use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) in monitoring and evaluation — ‘ICT4M&E’ in short — has sparked massive interest,…
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Anu Acharya
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Data Is Fundamentally Changing Mindsets: An Interview with Anu Acharya, MapMyGenome

Anu Acharya is founder and CEO of MapMyGenome India, a Hyderabad-based genomics company. GenomePatri, its flagship product, helps you discover your genetic predisposition – what diseases you are likely to get, for instance – by profiling your gene makeup. The vision: “Better Health through Technology”. Acharya, who is an alumnus…
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Interested in Joining the SocialCops Team? Here’s What You Need to Do.

At SocialCops, we are a team of engineers, data scientists and entrepreneurs united by one common belief — that data intelligence can play a role in solving the world’s most critical challenges. And we’re always looking for passionate individuals to join our team. However, we are very particular about our…
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Tata Trusts - Data Driven Governance - Chandrapur
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Siloed Data Is the Biggest Challenge for Data-Driven Governance: An Interview with Poornima Dore, Tata Trusts

From education to health and nutrition to natural resource management, Tata Trusts’ footprint in a wide array of sectors makes it one of the most authentic voices on complex development issues in India. Now the Mumbai-headquartered organization is throwing its might behind a crucial reform process: championing data-driven governance to…
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7 Types of Evaluation
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The 7 Types of Evaluation You Need to Know

Development programs have to prove that they have had a strong and positive impact. Different types of evaluations are invaluable in showing the benefits of a program to backers, sponsors, and program beneficiaries. In the past, measuring development programs involved pen-and-paper surveys and many people. This was inefficient, expensive and time…
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The Telegraph India: SocialCops Launches Fellowship for Entrepreneurs to Create Data-Driven Solutions for India

“SocialCops announces the launch of the Data for Impact Fellowship – a program that aims to bring together enterprising future leaders and experienced government decision-makers in solving some of India’s most critical problems through the power of data.” We’re excited to have our new Data For Impact Fellowship featured in The Telegraph…
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Culture of Data Use Will Make it Easier to Deal with Failure: An Interview With Debjani Ghosh, Intel

Debjani Ghosh, Intel’s Vice President, Sales and Marketing Group, and Managing Director, South Asia, is one of the region’s most prominent technology evangelists. Under her leadership, the Santa Clara, California-based chipmaker has evolved into a key strategic ally of the Indian government’s digital literacy and innovation programs. Ghosh says data-driven…
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cash transfers
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Cash Transfers: The Deceptively Simple Idea Whose Time Has Come

For a long time, governments have used in-kind welfare schemes to tackle poverty. In-kind schemes provide goods or services — food for schoolchildren, checkups for pregnant mothers, food stamps for families below the poverty line, etc. These in-kind welfare schemes are often complicated and multi-layered, so often only a small…
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Economic Times: SocialCops Tackles Real World Problems with Data Intelligence

  We’re excited to be included in the Economic Times’ Do Big Stories, a series of videos about the best digital innovations being powered by Indian companies. Check out the video and article to learn about the biggest bottleneck in data-driven decision making in the developing world, how our platform is being…
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data visualization meetup
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SocialCops’ First Data Visualization Meetup

Data visualization and visual analytics is one of the fastest growing disciplines in today’s increasingly data-driven world. With use cases spread across diverse domains — healthcare, policy, sports, governance, journalism, and more — data visualization is being used extensively by decision-makers to make important decisions in a fraction of seconds.…
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data, big data, smart city, tata trust
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Community Mapping and Micro-Planning Project for 264 Villages Across Vijayawada

Mr. Srinivas Kesineni, the Member of Parliament (MP) from Vijayawada in Andhra Pradesh, in partnership with the Tata Trusts undertook a community mapping and micro-planning program for 264 villages. The program covered Vijayawada’s four Assembly constituencies — Jaggaiahpet, Mylavaram, Nandigama, and Tiruvur. The goal — transform every one of the…
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indian agriculture
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Using Open Data to Invest $8 Million in Indian Agriculture

Agriculture is the backbone of India’s rural economy. According to the 70th round of the NSSO Report, nearly 60% (or 90.2 million) of the country’s rural households are involved in farming, which makes agriculture the largest employer in rural India. Most of these farmers are small and marginal — farmers who cultivate between 0…
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The Guardian: Data Pioneers Aim to Close the Development Gap in Rural India

“The problem [Prime Minister] Modi has is scale and limited resources. Prukalpa Sankar, co-founder of New Delhi startup SocialCops, believes the solution lies in open data. By using public data to create a realistic picture of social problems, Sankar says resources can be allocated more quickly and effectively.” SocialCops was…
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brand equity
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Brand Equity: Here’s how SocialCops’ Prukalpa Sankar is making a difference with data

Here’s how @SocialCop’s Prukalpa Sankar is making a difference with data. Read: https://t.co/lUJi7qCImg #KyooriusDesignyatra2016 @Kyoorius — Brand Equity (@ETBrandEquity) September 30, 2016 In September 2016, Prukalpa took some time away from the office to speak at Kyoorius’ Designyatra in Jaipur. While she was there, Brand Equity, an initiative of the…
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