Agricultural grants are an important source of income for the National Trust, which is responsible for 250,000 hectares of open land in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. However, collecting the data necessary for annual grant applications on 9,000 separate land parcels was onerous and time-consuming. With heavy penalties for misreporting, data accuracy was critically important but required many weeks of validation before grant applications could be submitted.
National Trust used Geocortex Essentials to automate data validation at the point of collection. Site Monitors, responsible for surveying land parcels are now able to review and correct data entries at entry, saving time and avoiding frustrating and inefficient phone calls after the event.
The Core Data Lead for National Trust has saved six weeks in post-collection collation and validation as a result of the solution. Automated validation reduces the chances of manual error and speeds the overall grant application process.