Meet the Creators of SMS in Action
Taylor Corbett is a monitoring and evaluation technologist with experience in econometric modeling and data visualization. He currently consults as a Programme Advisor with the Community Systems Foundation (CSF) where he leads project development in Washington, DC and conducts international trainings on the OpenEMIS, DevInfo, and di Monitoring platforms. While with CSF Taylor has led projects in partnership with UN Agencies and governments in Africa and Asia to improve data utilization for disaster planning, polio eradication, policymaking and public engagement. Prior to joining CSF Taylor worked with a broad range of organizations including UNFPA, BRAC, and the Grassroots Business Fund to refine monitoring methodologies and disseminate evaluation findings. He graduated with honors, summa cum laude, from Occidental College with degrees in both Diplomacy and World Affairs and Economics. Taylor can be found on LinkedIn, created and maintains the blog For Good Measure: Development Through Data and may be followed on Twitter at “@data4d“.
Upon retiring after over 30 years in project management and consulting, Bob took the opportunity to combine long-term interests in technology and development to create the SMS in Action Ushahidi Crowdmap. SMS in Action is devoted to exploring and promoting the use of Short Message Service (SMS) capabilities for international development and socially beneficial purposes. The SMS in Action Crowdmap is intended to highlight programs and projects around the world which utilize SMS text messaging in unique and innovative ways. The Crowdmap currently profiles more than 200 SMS-based programs in 70 countries. Bob provides regular maintenance and update of the SMS in Action Crowdmap and blog site and may be followed on Twitter at @SMSinAction.
The SMS in Action Crowdmap was selected as an Ushahidi “Deployment of the Week” for October 15, 2011.