This post reviews a free technology assessment tool published by the Nonprofit Technology Enterprise Network. It has largely been geared towards the domestic (USA) nonprofit world. We evaluated its application to the international development industry as a resource to add to your digital development freebie toolkit.
Our high level approach digital development software vendors in a nutshell. The presentation walks through different types of vendors and questions to ask when discussing pricing, volume and features with potential vendors.
We found SurveyCTO to be very easy to use. It functions in a very similar way as CommCare, with fewer features. One benefit of SurveyCTO over CommCare is that it does provide an in-tool data visualization feature.
There’s a lot of debate about what to call the industry we work in – the industry of applying technology (hardware, software, connectivity) to contribute to social good. Some popular names include “Technology for Good,” “Digital Development,” and “Information Communication Technologies for Development (ICT4D).”