Our Research Expertise
We help development organisations to create and use evidence across the project lifecycle to accelerate transformative change in hard-to-reach communities.
Primary Research with Hard-to-Reach Populations
Mixed-methods and participatory studies to engage marginalised groups, particularly individuals and businesses engaged in trade.
Mobile Data Collection
Data collection with unrivalled reach enabled by SMS, USSD, and WhatsApp technologies.
Monitoring & Results Measurement
Rigorous monitoring and results measurement tools and systems to support programme delivery.
Stakeholder Analysis & Mapping
Comprehensive approaches to understanding relationships among business, government, and civil society actors.
Gender-sensitive assessment tools for identifying opportunities to create local and systems-level change.
Robust evidence-based approaches for innovation monitoring, evaluation, and learning.
How we work
We leverage rigorous methods and robust data collection tools to uncover new ways to support innovation.
Detailed scoping to understand objectives and tailor approaches
We apply expertise in rigorous research and evaluation methods to help organisations uncover better ways to use evidence. Our work can help you:
- Understand which innovations work, why, where, and for whom.
- Design more inclusive and sustainable products/services for hard-to-reach communities.
Mobile data collection and analysis
We use mobile technologies to remotely collect real-time data (via SMS, USSD, and WhatsApp) with unprecedented precision and scale.
Drawing from practical experience as a leading innovator in East Africa, we also understand how to engage hard-to-reach populations to generate useful insights and analysis.
Actionable recommendations for innovators
We collaborate with project teams to ensure research deliverables are useful for innovation practitioners.
Whether your aims are to improve innovation design, engage stakeholders or create buy-in within your organisation, we can help you to translate knowledge into practice.
Featured case studies
Sauti has been working on a market monitoring and predictive modelling project with the Danish Refugee Council (DRC) in order to improve access to previously-hard-to-gather market prices. As part of this project, Sauti also successfully piloted a USSD virtual marketplace to improve market linkages of traditionally excluded businesses.
Since 2019, via Sauti Collect, Sauti has been able to offer an end-to-end USSD mobile data collection solution, from survey design and testing, to survey deployment and monitoring of incoming results – all from one user-friendly dashboard.