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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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