Building Smart Cities: The Data-Driven Way

smart cities
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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design
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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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accountability, data, education, paisa
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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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health care policy, healthcare
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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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data, akshay patra, education, children, socialcops
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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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