60 Decibels makes it easy to listen to the people who matter most. Their Lean Data (SM) approach turns customer voice into high-value insights that help businesses maximize their impact. They do this by conducting (primarily) voice-based surveys using their network of 300+ trained Lean Data researchers in 35+ countries. These researchers deploy customized surveys developed by the 60 Decibels team to speak directly to customers to understand their lived experience. 60 Decibels uses these voice surveys, along with SMS, IVR and other technologies, to collect data remotely to help clients listen more effectively and benchmark their social performance against their peers.

60 Decibels had developed a number of free tools, including a Remote Survey Toolkit with a wealth of information and tools for organizations looking to begin or improve upon their remote survey process. You can also take Lean Data courses offered by +Acumen. Within these documents and courses, you will find tips, help choosing the right tool(s), help creating appropriate survey questions, and more.

Fast Facts

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Phone Surveys, Electronic surveys, Benchmarking, Impact Database

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Tech Requirements

High tech: Smart phone/tablet apps, requires internet
Low tech: SMS, phone calls, radio, IVR

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Global, United States

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Multiple Languages, English


“The Lean Data exercise was an eye opener for LabourNet. We got great
customer insights.”

Gayathri Vasudevan

CEO, LabourNet

“We feel good about the positive results but even more excited about the things you pointed out that we can work on.”

Ella Gudwin

President, VisionSpring

“Lean Data has provided actionable insights for our funds, and helped to build customer-centricity into our investees.”

Marina Castro

Executive Development Impact, CDC Group

“Lean Data has allowed us to see comparable impact across our portfolio for the first time.”

Roy Steiner

Managing Director Food Initiative, Rockefeller Foundation

60 Decibels can help you in the following stages of your feedback journey:

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60 Decibels’ surveying tool allows you to tweak or build your impact framework and help you select the most relevant metrics.

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60 Decibels puts mobile, voice-based customer data collection at your fingertips, so you can understand social impact from the ground up. 300+ researchers conduct local-language voice surveys in 35+ countries. Social impact survey tools are utilized, as well as integrated technology platforms linked to their impact database.

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60 Decibels can help you assess and build the data capabilities of the organizations you fund or learn about the impact you have and benchmark yourself against peers.

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With 60 Decibels’ Lean Data, you will be able to build repeatable, cross-portfolio data collection so that you can assess performance year-in, year-out.

The Details

60 Decibels approach to Lean Data (SM) is what makes them incredibly unique. By transforming their customer voice into high-value insights, they are able to help businesses maximize their impact and outreach.

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Method and Tech Requirements

Remote data collection, Question and survey design and analysis, Integrated technology platform linked to their impact database, mobile, voice-based customer data collection

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60 Decibels’ services start at $10,000+.

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Global services. All the tools can be accessed on the organization’s website globally, as well as consulting services. Over 300 trained Research Assistants in 35+ countries speak 90+ languages to conduct remote phone interviews with end customers and beneficiaries.

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Over 90 languages

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Over the course of 491 projects with 310 companies, they have helped their clients listen to 128,658 people in 90+ languages across 35 countries. Clients include Acumen, CDC, Ceniarth, the UK Department for International Development (DFID), Omidyar Network, Omnivore, Soros, Economic Development Fund, Unilever, and many more.


Ready to work with 60 Decibels? Check out their site and contact them here.