Kopernik Tools – Digital Data Collection, SMS Communications Platforms, Geospatial Mapping Tools, and Remote Sensors


What if nonprofits and social enterprises had an affordable way to report real-time, large-scale data on their social impact?  

This question inspired us to create this catalogue.

Nonprofits and social enterprises are under pressure to measure their performance and results.  Many low-cost, information communication technology (ICT) -based tools already exist to help collect data on a large-scale, real-time basis.  Yet, while both supply and demand for ICT-based tools exist, nonprofits and social enterprises often fail to take advantage of them. 

The issue is access.  There isn’t a central marketplace at which organizations can access ICT-based  tools and come to understand their pros and cons as well as their applications to specific needs.

The other issue is technical language.  ‘Free and open source’ doesn’t mean no-cost, turn-key solutions ready for immediate deployment.  Rather, it means that people with specific skills, such as IT programmers, can use open source tools to build something useful for organizations.   However, most nonprofits and social enterprises do not have in-house programmers to help use such tools.

In addition to addressing these gaps, this catalogue goes a step further by providing  recommendations that assist users make decisions in some categories of tools (i.e. digital data collection apps and SMS communication platforms).  Beyond these targeted recommendations, the catalogue displays all relevant research findings so that users can draw your own comparisons.

We hope you find this catalogue useful and relevant.  As new tools are developed and introduced to this field of “impact tracker technologies,” we will update this online version.

Click here to visit the Kopernik website and to access their catalog of tools.

Claudine Lim

Manager at The Principles for Digital Development

Claudine first joined the Digital Impact Alliance in October 2017, shortly after receiving a dual masters in international relations and public relations from the Maxwell School and S.I. Newhouse School at Syracuse University. After working as a Program Coordinator and Researcher for DIAL’s Business Operations, she is currently working with the Principles of Digital Development.