Last updated: September 2016
What if nonprofits and social enterprises had an affordable way to report real-time, large-scale data on their social impact?
This question inspired us to create this catalogue.
The Impact Tracker Technology (ITT) catalogue features a compilation of low cost, information communications technology-based tools intended to help our peers in the development sector collect data, communicate with their clients and measure their impact.
The ITT catalogue makes it easy for organisations to better understand the range of affordable impact tracking technology options available, empowering them to choose the right tools to suit their needs. It also displays relevant research findings so that users can draw their own comparisons.
In order to keep up-to-date with the rapid developments of the Information and Communication Technologies for Development sector and to improve overall usability, this catalogue will undergo regular updates over time.
Read about the latest update here.
Apps for smart phones and tablets that allow for easy data collection. No more paper surveys and data entry.
Platforms to communicate with your clients and beneficiaries through SMS and voice calling. Efficient time, fewer physical visits.
Tools to compile and communicate events and reports through an online map.
Remote, GPS-enabled sensors to measure use of cookstoves, water filters and other devices.
Tools to digest, crunch, and analyze thousands of data entries and present them in the form of interactive live dashboard using simple steps.
How Did We Create It?
Creating the ITT catalogue involved countless hours of researching the tools online in order to understand a range of items including features, usage, and pricing. Since the best way to assess the strengths and weaknesses of a tool is to use it, we also experimented with as many of the tools as possible in Kopernik’s own projects and activities.
Alongside conducting desk research and using the tools on ourselves, we also conducted a number of interviews with of tech developers and tech users. These conversations were very informative and helped us understand how and why these tools were developed, what challenges the developers faced, how developers understood their competition, and who uses these technologies.
Who should use this catalogue?
This catalogue has been designed, researched, and written with the following type of organisation in mind:
- A small to medium social enterprise, NGO or a nonprofit organisation working in international development or humanitarian emergencies.
- Its main office is located in an urban area with decent infrastructure and has access to slow to medium internet connection.
- The organisation engages in work in rural, last-mile communities where mobile (2G) and internet (3G) connections are limited.
- Financially, the organisation cannot afford to build its own independent IT capacity in terms of hardware, software, and know-how.
Therefore, affordable, turnkey solutions are needed to enhance its impact tracking mechanisms.