By combining our experience with your direct knowledge of the specific problem or set of issues confronting your organization, we’ll work together towards designing an effective solution that fits your needs.

No two places, problems, or cultures are exactly alike. What worked in one situation might be an absolute failure in another. We don’t approach your project with preconceived ideas of what has to be done. A fresh look is our first step. Maybe all you need is a well-designed Excel spreadsheet, maybe you need a distributed set of high-availability web services, or perhaps you want to design an evaluation for a program that has been underway for many years. Our goal is to find a solution that is efficient, effective and right for you.

Whether you need help refining your idea, doing human-centered field design, defining a new architecture, building open-source extensible software, discovering best practices in technology for humanitarian good, and determining the impact of your programs, our experience can add value to your project.

Our approach starts with the people who are meant to benefit from your program.  We focus on human-centered design approach that involves listening openly to our partners, the final users, and experts in that particular area.  We have the final users near us at each step, so that we can learn fast and correct our course quickly and frequently while innovating together.  We believe that everything can be built in smaller, useful parts, delivering value in weeks and not years. Our highly skills interdisciplinary team of public health experts, scientists, and software engineers works closely with leading consultants and strategic partners in Asia, Africa, Europe and the Americas. Through collaboration, we are able to maximize our resources and work faster, smarter and more cost effectively.

Areas of Work

Global Public Health
emphasis on Millennium Development Goals 4, 5 & 6

  • Maternal/Child Health
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Health System Architecture
  • eHealth/mHealth
  • and more 

Community Resiliency
through sustainable development

  • Innovation Labs (iLabs)
  • Local Capacity Building
  • Resource Constrained Technology Innovation
  • ICT4D (Information & Communication Technology for Development)
  • Resource Management
  • and more

Early Detection, Early Response
emphasis on building strong communications before a crisis occur

  • Collaborative Information Sharing
  • Pre-crisis Preparedness
  • Response Coordination
  • and more


  • Human-centered interaction design
  • System Architecture
  • Software development
  • Data visualization
  • Evaluation of program processes & impacts
  • Scientific research design & methodological development, including: Randomized clinical trials / Case study research / Stepped-wedge trials / In-depth interviews / Focus groups / Surveys science / Usability studies / Visual & observation methods / Economic analysis / Policy analysis / Systematic literature review / Community-based participatory research / and more


  • Ruby
  • Python
  • Java
  • .net
  • php
  • and more


  • Mobile: sms, j2me, android, iPhone
  • Desktop: Windows, Linux, Mac
  • Web applications
  • Web services
  • We integrate as needed with platforms commonly used in humanitarian scenarios such as openmrs, sahana, javarosa, etc.
  • and more

Whatever the context, all of us at InSTEDD are committed to the agile development of open-source collaboration technology tools and building local capacity to use this technology for social good.



If you would like more information, please contact us here.

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