Our commitment to the 9 Principles for Digital Development
At TolaData, we are committed to implementing the 9 Principles for Digital Development in our own work, while fostering an environment to help other organisations align to these principles as well.
1. Design with the user
First conceived in the field, TolaData was designed and built by its users. We maintain that user focus with half our staff coming from NGO backgrounds, partnering closely with organisations during design and development, and ongoing feedback from all our users informing our product roadmap.
2. Build for sustainability
TolaData was built as an open source initiative in order to maximise user feedback and foster software development contributions, while staying relevant and useful for the industry.
3. Reuse and improve
Our platform promotes adaptability and reuse through suggestions of standard indicators, project lifecycles, and form design. This allows organisations to set standards while providing the flexibility for frontline staff to adjust and adapt according to their needs.
4. Understand the existing ecosystem
TolaData is designed to be adaptable to suit an organisation’s specific workflows with easy integration to third party systems. Our API is available and we offer advice and services to ensure effective interfaces between TolaData and the existing systems and processes of an organisation.
5. Be data driven
Data-driven impact is at the heart of TolaData. Our core mission is to enable organisations to create positive impact through effective and efficient use of their data, across the full program lifecycle.
6. Address Privacy & Security
We’ve applied industry-leading data security and practice across our platform and comply with all relevant legal frameworks. We ensure full security for our clients with front-end encryption and 256-bit encryption for data at rest and in transit.
7. Design for scale
TolaData is flexible to meet the needs of all types of programs, of any size. Our Implementation team has experience in taking TolaData from pilot to scale across 30+ countries.
8. Open Source
The core software of TolaData is open source.
9. Be Collaborative
The TolaData team are active participants in forums, networks and events for M&E and digital technology. We are committed to bringing the latest technology to the sector to maximise the impact organisations achieve and we recognise that that goal can only be achieved if we all work together.
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