SIS research: 7 years of innovation

Posted in: 08/05/2022

Click on the image to enlarge. Source: SIS Research, 12/22/2021 (prepared by Gabriele Pantoja)

The institutional memory of the knowledge produced in Synergia’s territories is duly documented in SIS Pesquisa.  This platform was developed by the consultancy to bring agility, control and intelligence to the socio-environmental services offered to clients, enabling the collection, storage and correlation of data in multiformats, with territorial indexing.   In seven years, Synergia, through SIS, has surveyed data from more than 140 thousand people, the target of socio-environmental projects, in 477 municipalities in 18 Brazilian states. The tens of thousands of surveys carried out discussed the most diverse topics.  According to Figure 1, Minas Gerais, Espírito Santo, Bahia and Pará are the FUs that concentrate the largest volume of research carried out by Synergia since 2014.

Figure 1. Search by State

Click on the image to enlarge. Source: SIS Research, 12/22/2021 (prepared by Gabriele Pantoja)

The collection has socio-economic records, territorial diagnoses, social monitoring surveys, censuses and household sample surveys, perception surveys, economic indicators evolution surveys, origin-destination surveys, property valuations, property banks, water (water balance), among other topics of interest in the solutions developed by the company, aimed at environmentally sustainable and socially fair development.

Synergia has a specialized technical team responsible for studies and research; information management; data structuring, criticism and consistency; definition and calculation of indicators and technical guidance for robust analysis.  The Studies and Research Management has an interdisciplinary team with demographers, statisticians, social scientists, economists, geographers, architects, environmental engineers, among other responsible professionals who, supported by reference institutions, apply Synergia’s internal normative instruction that guides the execution, data input and analysis of field surveys carried out by the company.

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The accumulated experience in reparation, socioeconomics, and resettlement – Synergia’s differentials in the consulting market – relied on a technological transformation of primary data surveys through the use of mobile devices (tablets). The expertise enabled research to also become a specific consulting business, and not just support for the company’s various contracts[1]. Strong performance in the mining, steel and petrochemical industries; public administration; infrastructure; and agroindustry / agribusiness is evidenced in Figure 2.

Figure 2. Searches by business sector

Click on the image to enlarge. Source: SIS Research, 12/22/2021 (prepared by Gabriele Pantoja)

The software architecture of SIS Pesquisa allows you to make the most of cloud computing, adapting the number of servers automatically, according to the need for data demand.  Through the application, the information stored on local devices can be synchronized with the company’s servers, allowing reaching rural or low-income communities, where internet access is often precarious or non-existent.  The telephone approach is also used as a safe alternative, especially in times of prevention of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The choice of application method is defined according to the target audience, duration of the interview and complexity of the analysis of the results.  The system allows the extraction of duly documented databases (variables dictionary), compatible with statistical and geoprocessing software for information analysis.

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Text prepared by Vinicius Corrêa – Studies and Research Manager

[1] Between July and November 2020, Synergia carried out 6,999 household sample surveys for the Bahia State Government Infrastructure Department, as part of the Bahia State Highway Restoration and Maintenance Program (PREMAR 2), a project called “Application of household field research in sections of side roads in public consortia for sustainable development in Portal do Sertão, Sisal, Jacuípe Basin and Paramirim Basin in the State of Bahia” (NCB No. 002/2019).  The work respected all the protocols required by the Ministry of Health to face the COVID-19 pandemic.

*Article originally published on 01/07/2021 and updated on 06/13/2022

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