From Paper Forms to Big Data - Driving Program Quality and Effective Evaluations

When: March 28th, 2017  |  11:30 AM EST  |  8:30 AM PST

This one-hour webinar featuring Niall Keleher, UC Berkeley PhD Candidate and former Director of Research at Innovations for Poverty Action and Kuang Chen, Founder and CEO of Captricity, will explore data supply-chain best practices for program leaders and program evaluators.  Data is critical to not only sustaining programs, but to improving them.  Applying the right technologies to your context is key to serving your beneficiaries and achieving the best program outcomes.

Our speakers will help you….

  • Determine what data collection, analysis, and research design approaches are best for a variety of contexts.
  • Explore the benefits and limitations of applying new technologies in the social sector.
  • Identify easily overlooked data that can be used to strengthen programs and evaluations.
  • Learn about future applications of technology related to big data, machine learning, and human-computer interaction that might have a significant impact on the social sector.

About the Presenters

Niall KeleherPhD Candidate, UC Berkeley School of Information
Niall was with Innovations for Poverty Action for nearly six years, first in the Malawi office where he pioneered new methods of data collection and later served as Director of Research Methods and Training in IPA’s New Haven headquarters. Niall also worked at the research department at the World Bank and holds degrees in economics and international studies from Johns Hopkins and Harvard University. Currently, his current research focuses on the intersection of development economics, ICTD, social network analysis, and the use of new methods of data collection in these, as well as other, domains.

Kuang ChenFounder and CEO, Captricity
Kuang Chen is the founder and CEO of Captricity. Kuang's idea for Captricity came from his PhD dissertation at UC Berkeley where he focused on n data-centric approaches to increase the efficiency of low-resource organizations. While doing research in Tanzania and Uganda, he experienced firsthand the importance and difficulty of transforming data from paper forms to computable formats. Captricity now provides its solution and services to organizations like the U.S. Government (FDA) and New York Life – along with hundreds of non-profits – to solve the paper-to-digital divide.

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