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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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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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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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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: 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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Building Smart Cities: The Data-Driven Way

In September 2016, we were invited to speak at the 4th year of The Big 5 Construct India 2016 in Mumbai. The conferences gathered the best of the construction industry and the latest solutions specifically tailored for the Indian built environment under one roof. In total, the conference featured 150 exhibitors (including us!) from…
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Why Mobile-Based Data Collection Is Here to Stay: An Interview With Kailash Karthik, IAS

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…
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Data-Driven Decision Making for Agriculture in India

Though it produces surplus food, India is home to the largest undernourished population in the world. While the production of rice and wheat has grown consistently since Independence, the growth in pulse production has stagnated. (Pulse refers to dried peas, beans, lentils, chickpeas, and other legumes.) As a result, India…
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MELT 2016: How Big Data Can Drive Big Decisions

This Saturday, August 27, we were excited to speak at ZEE MELT 2016, India’s biggest festival for creativity and innovation in marketing and communications. .@elena_christine will be live at #ZeeMelt at 12.30 pm, talking about the superpowers of #data. #InsideSocialCops pic.twitter.com/X9nVX2sxEI — SocialCops (@Social_Cops) August 27, 2016 .@Social_Cops Christine and you guys should…
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Why Visualize Data?

If a picture is worth thousand words, then what about a neat data visualization? Displaying information in graphics to generate better insights is not a new phenomenon, but, with the advent of technology and increased access to data, it has become far more prominent. Once restricted to analysis of economics,…
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What 66 Years of Data Tells Us: Another Coup in Turkey Wouldn’t Be Shocking

On July 15, 2016, a group within the Turkish Armed Forces tried to seize control of the Turkish government. The attempted coup ended a day later when forces loyal to President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan beat back the dissidents. Predictably, there was an explosion of news articles and commentary about the coup, its implications for Turkey, and how this…
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7 Common Myths About Working With the Indian Government

Ministry. Secretariat. Collectorate. Panchayat Samiti. Sir. Madam. Sir. Madam. Meeting. Field Visit. Presentation. New Delhi. Nagpur. Noamundi. These are the words around which my life revolves currently. At SocialCops, we work on a large number of projects with the government. Typically, our data platform helps some of the most important…
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Real Numbers: This State Contributes Almost 40% to India’s Direct Tax Collection

As we build SocialCops’ data repository, we keep creating data points and visualizations that demand to be shared. Our data newsletter, Real Numbers aims to bring this important data to you in simple bite-sized pieces. Over time, we’ll dive deep into our archives to cover everything from agriculture and education to…
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A Guide to Quantifying Qualitative Data

The ways in which qualitative data can be collected and analyzed are virtually infinite. (Guest, MacQueen, Namey, 2011) Most current researchers and social scientists prefer quantitive data. Unlike qualitative data, quantitative data is easy to measure and analyze with a wide variety of analytical techniques. Moreover, most organizations require quantitative…
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Mumbai Local Trains: Is the Western or Central Line Busier During Rush Hour?

Mumbai’s local train system is perhaps the most complex, densely loaded, and intensely utilized rail system in the world. At least, that’s what the Mumbai Railway Vikas Corporation Ltd. suggested in its latest passenger survey. The Mumbai Railway Vikas Corporation (MRVC) is a subsidiary of the Ministry of Railways. Created in 1956, the…
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The Internet of Coffee: Our Experience Building a Wifi Coffee Maker

Here at SocialCops, we’ve begun using Internet-of-Things technology to research solutions for some of the world’s most pressing problems: monitoring pollution, conserving energy, protecting against identity fraud, and…making coffee. “[If we could] turn on the coffee machine via slack, we’d be set,” Christine wistfully wrote one afternoon on our #coffee…
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Real Numbers: How Many Drivers’ Licenses Are Issued to Women in Delhi?

As we build SocialCops’ data repository, we keep creating data points and visualizations that demand to be shared. Our data newsletter, Real Numbers aims to bring this important data to you in simple bite-sized pieces. Over time, we’ll dive deep into our archives to cover everything from agriculture and education to…
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The 270,836 Women Missing From the Indian Railways

Less than 6.7% of the Indian Railways’ employees are female. These missing women pose a major challenge to the company’s message of progress. The Indian Railways is bounding forward with modern advancements. It plans to use Twitter to issue customer complaints, an app for booking paperless tickets, handheld terminals for ticket examiners, a Google…
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The Data Behind the Indian Constitution

Happy Republic Day! Republic Day honors the date that the Constitution of India was ratified, replacing the Government of India Act (1935) as India’s governing document. To celebrate Republic Day in true SocialCops style, we combed through data sources and the Constitution itself to investigate what the data shows about the Indian constitution. Here’s…
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Cross Tabulation: How It Works and Why You Should Use It

Cross tabulation is a method to quantitatively analyze the relationship between multiple variables. Also known as contingency tables or cross tabs, cross tabulation groups variables to understand the correlation between different variables. It also shows how correlations change from one variable grouping to another. It is usually used in statistical analysis…
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Why You Should Care About New Boundaries for Districts in India

India is currently divided into 36 administrative states and union territories, which are further divided into districts and more granular units. Districts in India are the third geographic layer for data dissemination after national and state-level setups. Many agencies — such as the Census of India, Reserve Bank of India,…
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Why Realm?

Realm is a mobile database framework for iOS and Android. It is designed as a replacement for SQLITE and Core Data. I stumbled upon the Realm database while looking for a better database for Collect, our mobile-based data collection tool. It has a complex database structure for saving and retrieving of…
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A Step-by-Step Guide to the 2011 Census: Its Successes, Failures and Questions

This post is the third post in our Decoding Open Data series. The foundation of this series is our slideshare, which examines the open dataset and provides key insights and analytics about the 2011 Census.  Decoding Open Data: 2011 Indian Census from SocialCops These blog posts provide context around the Census…
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How We’re Building a Culture Around Purpose, Learning, and Fun

We’ve built an incredibly diverse team over the last 2 years. Engineers, designers, economists, data scientists, marketers, entrepreneurs and even travelers (as part of our coveted Himsagar Fellowship) – all in one room. Not to mention a few different nationalities and an amazing mix of personalities. The youngest full-time member of our team…
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Why Design Matters: Designing a Data Platform to Solve Problems That Matter

At SocialCops, we’re building a data platform to solve the biggest problems facing humanity. In the short three years of our existence, our data platform has been used to drive healthcare policy, optimize disaster relief operations, and solve urban planning issues. We were founded to solve developing world problems. This means our…
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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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How PAISA Is Establishing Data Driven Accountability in the Education Sector

“Do Schools Get Their Money?” is one of the key questions which drives the PAISA (Planning, Allocations and Expenditures, Institutions: Studies in Accountability) project at Accountability Initiative (AI). Tracking financial flows in the Indian social sector for research and advocacy can be a challenging. To understand the role of data…
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How This Government Project Is Driving Health Care Policy Using Data from the Field

The Indian Healthcare System The healthcare system in India is structurally a complex hierarchy of different government and private agencies at centre, state, district and village levels.  Given India’s poor global standing in public healthcare and the nature of bureaucratic information flows, data-driven decision making is being pitched as a…
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Collect ChangeBlog: Launching Reporting, a Way to View Your Data as It’s Collected

Welcome to the Collect changeblog. Here’s where we try and keep you – our users – updated with all the product changes, and explain to you how they’d affect your data collection processes. Update 1: Reporting Module Reporting is the next big step in our bid to to make Collect a one-stop solution…
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Akshaya Patra: How the World’s Largest School Lunch Program is Managing Data

With the advent of contemporary data affordances, i.e. new actionable possibilities, we have seen an unprecedented rise in efforts to harness data-driven decision support systems in organisations across the world. However, in the social sector organisations, especially in the developing world, these possibilities are yet to emerge. Akshaya Patra –…
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Boosting Public Worker Morale and Performance Using Cleanliness Data

The Problem In India, “Safai Karamcharis” refer to the group of public workers responsible for street sweeping and garbage picking. The public worker system in India lacks an incredibly important component – incentives for good performance. People tend to perform better when recognized for their good performance.  While this is…
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To Nepal With Love: The Role We Can (and Want to) Play in the Earthquake Relief

While the world was grappling with the massive earthquake that ravaged Nepal on 25th April, the recent cascade of aftershocks & tremors have made the situation inconsolable. With more than 8000 dead and thousands more injured after the 7.8 magnitude earthquake, it is definitely Nepal’s worst natural disaster in decades. The new…
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Monitoring Improved Quality Of Water and Sanitation Data in Karnataka

Summary SCOPE Dharwad needed a seamless data collection methodology for a baseline survey for their water and sanitation programme – their primary challenges being the time taken for data entry and compilation, and fallacies in data collected. They now use Collect, the data collection tool developed by SocialCops, to streamline the…
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Youth Ki Awaaz: Want To Know The Status Of Education In Your District? Here’s A Cool Map To Help

“In the map, every district has been scored out of an average score of 10. As one navigates across the map, information regarding the infrastructure, the learning conditions, and the Member of Parliament to be held accountable is also available for every district. This information is provided in the form…
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5 Things You’re Doing Wrong in Your Monitoring and Evaluation Process

Success depends in knowing what works. (Bill Gates) Effective monitoring and evaluation is often called the holy grail of the development sector. An ideological turf war is being fought between the altruistic intentions of the heart of the field worker and the neoliberal rationality of the funding organization executive, writing out…
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Is Our DISE Education Data Failing Us?

There are over 1.4 million schools in India. With different kinds of schooling systems and a multitude of “school” types – government owned schools, central government schools, state government schools, low cost private schools, private schools – it was almost impossible to track school performance, utilization of funds and other important parameters. And,…
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Engineering Systems to Solve Hard Problems: Building a Full-Stack Data Startup for the Developing World

When we started SocialCops, our aim was to drive decision making through data in places where it really mattered. Now that shouldn’t be a hard problem right? For those of us in the digital world, data has been about identifying patterns, beautiful visualizations, and predictive algorithms. Solving real world problems is…
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The Huffington Post: 500 Startups and United Nations Invest in Big Data for Social Good

“Big data allows startups, companies, governments, and societies to gather unprecedented amounts of insights that could change the world for good. Recently, 500 Startups invested in SocialCops, which processes millions of discrete data points in the most remote locations in the world for industry and social sector leaders to make data-driven…
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Can Narendra Modi’s Swachh Bharat Be Achieved Through Technology?

Swachh Bharat has found its place as a national priority under Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi. The task is enormous and will require change in individual behavior as well as transformation in sanitation infrastructure and capabilities. Technology can be an enabler in this process by providing tools, processes, and structures to make cleanliness and sanitation…
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Economic Times: Why Women Entrepreneurs Dominate Google India Head Rajan Anandan’s Portfolio

“In terms of scale, from his portfolio, Anandan is particularly bullish on SocialCops. He sees its five-year goal as being able to power products like Google Maps with social data, which should be useful for customers as diverse as Hindustan Unilever, Unicef and the Karnataka government, all current clients.” SocialCops…
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How I Made an Android Application in 7 Days

My name is Yatin Taluja and I joined SocialCops as an Android Developer on September 1st, 2014. In October, I was presented with a project that I am proud to be a part of. When the Prime Minister launched Swachh Bharat Abhiyan on Oct 2nd, our awesome team decided to launch an app to make…
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Economic Times: Technical Start-Ups Flourish on Deals With Indian Police Forces

“Another start-up looking at police as its key clients is Delhi-based data analytics firm SocialCops, which is in talks with Bangalore and Gurgaon traffic police. The firm performs analytics on crowd-sourced data obtained from NGOs, citizens and municipal bodies, to suggest, for example, the safest route for women to reach their…
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Achieving the Swachh Bharat Mission: Two Tried-and-True Models for Change

On Oct 2nd, 2014, PM Narendra Modi launched the Swachh Bharat Mission, a clarion call for citizens to participate in the process of creating a clean India. Narendra Modi’s words echoed the vision that we have been striving towards at SocialCops. We’ve always called for citizens to stop complaining and start contributing. In…
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Economic Times: Internet of Things: Know All About the Top Technology for 2014

“Delhi-based technology data startup SocialCops also uses cheap smartphones to accumulate data public infrastructure and services. For instance, Google Maps tells us the quickest route home, but not the safest route home for a girl.” SocialCops was featured in Economic Times. Read the full article here. Watch out for SocialCops…
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TechInAsia: How 500 Startups-Backed SocialCops Gets to the Bottom of the Pyramid With Big Data

“Here is how SocialCops works: data from the people on a variety of issues that affect their daily lives – from pot-holes on roads to teacher-attendance in government schools – is crowd-sourced via low-cost internet-enabled mobile phones. It also deploys field workers to remote areas with no mobile connectivity. From…
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VC Circle: Delhi-Based SocialCops Raises $320K From 500 Startups, Rajan Anandan & Others

“SocialCops is taking Big Data in a direction that a few companies have been able to do, which is providing data and insights that can help solve real world problems.” SocialCops was featured in VC Circle. Read the full article here. .@VCcircle: Delhi @Social_Cops raises $320K from @500Startups @RajanAnandan http://t.co/OSof0MYSBT…
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Economic Times: SocialCops Raises $320K Seed From 500 Startups, Rajan Anandan and Manoj Menon

“SocialCops uses mobile phones – ranging from simple feature phones to high-end smart phones to source ground level data from citizens and non-profits, says a statement. Says co- founder, Prukalpa Sankar, ‘Even today, important national level decisions about issues like vaccinations and medication affecting millions of people are made based…
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Fast Company: Using Citizens as Human Sensors to Improve Public Services

“SocialCops is a social enterprise that recruits citizens to act as ‘human sensors’ around India’s capital. After only eight months, it’s already worked on several intractable city issues by creating a mobile platform that allows people to get involved in their area.” Read the full article on Fast Company.   Using citizens…
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