Neev simplified the task of conducting surveys for the client’s field survey agents who were located in different places. This was achieved through the Field Survey application. The application replaced paper-based surveys with surveys on Android devices like smartphones and tablets. The solution consists of a web application along with an Android client and features such as GPS-based location tracking of surveyors, offline data collection and real-time online updates. It not only increased productivity manifold but also improved accuracy.
Ashoka, one of the world’s largest networks of social entrepreneurs, has 3000 Ashoka fellows present across 70 countries. Ashoka was started in the year 1980 by Bill Drayton. It provides start-up financing, professional support services and also connects social entrepreneurs to a global pool across various businesses and social sectors. Ashoka provides a platform to enable people to change the world. It works in partnership with players in the private, philanthropic and citizen sectors to drive large-scale innovation.
Ashoka employs many field survey agents who are geographically distributed across remote areas, to conduct surveys. These field survey agents used to carry numerous sheets of paper and filled them up manually. Even a small change in a survey form required the entire bunch of sheets to be reprinted. The same had to be distributed to all the field survey agents placed in remote areas. Also, the responses from the surveys contained many human errors sometimes requiring the survey to be conducted again. This manual process not only consumed time but also decreased productivity. The client, thus, required an on-the-go solution for its field survey agents to conduct surveys.
Neev’s approach involved making an app that avoids human errors while increasing productivity manifold. The solution involved a Web application and an Android client app.