Data for Development Research: Captricity Partners with CEGA

September 16, 2012 by Andrea Spillmann

We are pleased to announce Captricity's partnership with The Center for Effective Global Action (CEGA), the University of California's premiere center for research on global development. Through this partnership, Captricity will offer its digitization services help CEGA researchers capture the data they need to measure the impact of global development projects.

CEGA's faculty affiliates traverse the world, using rigorous evaluation and economic analysis to measure the impacts of large-scale social and economic development projects. They cover a broad range of sectors, including agriculture, public health, education, conflict, technology and the environment. The one focus all their projects share is a commitment to rigorously test anti-poverty strategies to identify those that can make the most impact. Armed with this information, policy-makers and donors alike can choose how to shape future policies and aid to most effectively improve social welfare across the globe.

As you might imagine, the amount of data necessary for these large-scale evaluations is immense, and much of it is still collected on paper. Manual data entry is slow, time-consuming, and sometimes inaccurate, while outsourcing can be costly, and sometimes even slower than manual entry. That's where Captricity comes in. Through this special partnership, we will be able to offer all CEGA affiliates our accurate, cost-effective and fast data entry services. CEGA researchers will be able to snap photos or scan stacks of their research surveys, then upload them to Captricity. We'll return fully digitized data, sometimes in under a half hour, usually in under a day. Analysis can begin immediately, saving up to months of delay and significant cost.

With roots in UC Berkeley ourselves, we have long followed CEGA's work with great admiration. It is an honor to partner with this accomplished and influential organization, and we look forward to supporting more of their inspirational projects.

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