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By: Caroline Kenwell on July 12th, 2018

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Minimizing Field Team Costs: Maximizing Aid Potential

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International aid and development groups and organizations play a critically important role in bridging the gap between developing and developed societies and people groups, filling in where “official” programs and economies fall short. They provide life-sustaining resources to those who need them most. Put simply, their missions are absolutely essential for so many individuals and families around the world.

There’s good news. The funding and giving toward aid and development groups has increased steadily over the last few years. There is more funding available to facilitate greater missions and to meet new goals than ever before.

But, There’s Still a Hurdle

With giving at an all-time high, it seems reasonable that accomplishing and expanding global “good” is easier than it has ever been. But, this isn’t always the case.

That’s because, for any initiative to be a success, it has to have solid data behind it. Collecting that data, takes both time and money, money that could be spent elsewhere, if costs of field team data collection could be minimized.

Let’s take a closer look.

For any international aid or development mission to be successful, it has to reach the right people groups and areas. This means that before any actual aid can be provided, field teams are generally sent out to gather information that can be used to develop insights and information on how to proceed.

In many cases, this requires one of two things - a dated form of data collection that relies on the use of a pen and paper, before information can be entered into a digital format, or, the purchasing of technology that requires new devices, that eat away at costs that could go toward aid instead. Neither option is desirable.

What if New Technology Didn’t Require New Devices?

At Zerion, we believe in the missions of those reaching the otherwise unreachable with valuable commodities, services and resources.

With this in mind, we’ve designed our mobile data collection solution - iFormBuilder - to allow international aid and development groups to gather data in a flexible, customized environment that provides end-to-end functionality that eliminates common hurdles like delays, errors and missed datapoints.

But, possibly more important, is the way we eliminate a cost that often seems unavoidable when good data is necessary: the cost of equipping field teams with new devices to enable the technology necessary to gather critical information.

BYOD Functionality: What it Means for Your Team

iFormBuilder operates on both Android and iOS systems, meaning your field team members can gather data on the devices they already carry, no new equipment required. With this functionality, in addition to other features - like offline data collection - your team can direct funds to what matters most: aid, resources and action.

Wondering what this could look like for your organization? Visit our international aid and development resource page, today. Have questions? Concerns? Let us know; we can’t wait to share the way iFormBuilder could revolutionize the way your team harnesses the power of good data. Use the "Chat with us" button below to start a conversation with one of our team members!

About Caroline Kenwell

Caroline Kenwell is an Account Manager at Zerion. In her spare time, she enjoys attempting the NY Times Crossword, going to see local bands, exploring northern VA & D.C., and sitting around campfires as much as possible.

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