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Fulcrum data collection forms: Part II – Non-profits

By The Fulcrum Team
December 5, 2022

Welcome to the second of our series of stories around clients using Fulcrum to perform data collection in the field. For Part 2, we have non-profit organizations that use Fulcrum’s data collection forms in the field for charitable pursuits.

Desert Channels Queensland

DCQ , a nonprofit focused on environmental restoration, works on projects to improve water quality and restore native vegetation. Its field teams use custom Fulcrum forms for varied data collection tasks. These include monitoring weeds, wildlife, groundwater, and fleet management. DCQ was particularly enthusiastic about Fulcrum’s ability to collect data using many different resources. Landowners, local authorities, and even tourists help gather accurate, geotagged data using Fulcrum.

“I was asked by a landholder to add fields to an app. I logged into Fulcrum through my iPad, made changes, and within five minutes the app was updated and synced. That is a measure of the true greatness of Fulcrum.”

HALO Trust

The HALO Trust is a non-profit organization with a mission to clear landmines and other explosive remnants of war in countries recovering from conflict. HALO employs over 1,000 Cambodian staff as professional de-miners, utilizing metal detectors and ground-penetrating radar to survey and clear minefields. Critically, GIS is used to manage this process, starting from identifying hazardous areas to mapping and ultimately demarcating cleared zones for community return. Initially conducted with paper forms, field teams have transitioned to using tablets. This shift not only eliminates time-consuming data entry but also frees up resources for HALO to conduct more comprehensive studies, such as evaluating the impact of their risk education programs.

“The widespread use of smartphones and the ability to create dual-language Khmer-English apps in Fulcrum has made training and implementation straightforward.”

A HALO survey officer using a tablet to collect data about a minefield from farmers in Otdar Meanchey Province, Cambodia - Fulcrum data collection forms for non-profits

A HALO survey officer using a tablet to collect data about a minefield from farmers in Otdar Meanchey Province, Cambodia

House of Hope

A non-profit focusing on the homeless population of Rhode Island, House of Hope provides services including outreach, advocacy, and connecting them to community resources. Before using Fulcrum, outreach workers faced challenges with lost details and manual database entries. Now, team members and interns can efficiently document interactions with the homeless, ensuring immediate follow-up. This system includes automatic geolocation, enhancing their ability to provide timely assistance and resources.

“What immediately attracted me to it [Fulcrum] was the ease of it and the user friendliness of it. Now we do our data collection on the spot. So after I talk with a client, I step aside for a couple of seconds and I write a quick note in Fulcrum, and when I sync it, everyone else who is doing outreach with me can immediately see that note and I don’t have a chance to forget it.”

Village Earth

A nonprofit providing an array of technical support and training to Native American Tribes, Village Earth serves as the lead housing unit mapping and survey contractor for the Dakota Housing Needs Assessment (DHNA). Using Fulcrum, Village Earth was able to collect data on previously missed households and plot them on reference maps. This allowed the charity to challenge federal census data and receive almost $1.3M more in federal funding due to corrected population information.

“The most impressive thing about Fulcrum was the support we received from its staff. Whether it was a general question about how to use the app, an issue encountered, or a feature request, the staff were always available and eager to help.”

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