Early in Standard Code's history, global health professionals would approach us to get help building ODK, an open-source data tool. We would help, but we found that ODK wasn't a great solution for our clients. The UI was cumbersome, important functionality was missing, and ODK required internal resources. To better help our clients and the broader global health community relieve suffering, we built Secure Data Kit.
SDK is a user-friendly health data toolkit that is engineered to work anywhere in the world. We built and continue to develop a bundle of features required by our clients to better understand where disease is and what interventions work best. SDK has been adopted by leading impact organizations like the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the CDC, the Task Force for Global Health, the World Health Organization, GSK, and Merck.
Most data tools are designed for experts. SDK was designed to be friendly and approachable for any user. SDK has robust functionality, like built-in R, for advanced users, but the solution prioritizes ease of use for all users. For example, the dashboard's single column design and clear sections allow a user to log in, accomplish his or her goal, and get back to his or her work.
The Secure Data Kit home page was designed to represent our users. Unlike most global health solutions that show African children or poverty-stricken areas, we opted to focus on the global health professionals who use our solution the most, women in the US and Europe. Women dominate the global health world and health data collection efforts begin with global health organizations in the US and Europe. The images, colors, and message are directed at those users.