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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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5 Best Practices for NGOs to Ace Funding Grant Proposals

When thinking about data in the development space, images of field workers talking to their stakeholders — farmers, nursing mothers, and community meetings — and collecting authentic data through tablets, smart phones, or pen and paper come to mind. However, for many NGOs, data collection is often quite different. Many…
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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 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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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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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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