Dobility, Inc., the company behind SurveyCTO, was founded by Dr. Christopher Robert,
a technology veteran who took a decade off from technology to live in the developing
world, get three degrees in public policy, and become a development economist.
The SurveyCTO platform grew out of Chris's experience as a
researcher on several
Harvard-based development economics projects in Tamil Nadu, South India. The same
technical challenges seemed to plague every project, and it became apparent that better
technology could simplify the lives of research team members, reduce project costs, and
improve data quality. Leveraging skills honed as a technology entrepreneur earlier in
his career, Dr. Robert quickly assembled a small team and developed the prototype for
SurveyCTO. Dobility was born.
Early users and collaborators at Innovations for Poverty
Action and Poverty Action
Lab had great ideas for how SurveyCTO could further simplify the tasks of
research and field teams, and for how technology could facilitate the collection of
higher-quality data. Inspired by those ideas, the Dobility team has worked to improve
both the technology itself and the reach of that technology.
Since its founding, Dobility has grown to include offices in Cambridge, Massachusetts and
Ahmedabad, India and a team that spans four continents.
Thousands of users in
more than 130 countries now rely on SurveyCTO for their data collection projects.