ODK for Monitoring and Evaluation Training (18th to 22nd September 2017, Nairobi Kenya)

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Data collection and monitoring and evaluation (M&E) have always been an integral parts of development work. In the past, these tasks were performed with paper and pen, which made them prone to error, difficult to conduct on a large scale, and high in transaction costs.

ICT tools such as mobile devices and software that allows users to create surveys, collect, manage and upload data to storage facilities in real-time, have reduced the conventional challenges associated with remote data collection and M&E.

If you have always wanted to learn how to collect, manage and analyze project data using mobile devices, this training course is for you. This training course also comes with additional M&E and GIS modules to help participants put the skills acquired into perspective. The GIS module will help participants to work with spatial data.


The course is designed for representatives from government, project teams, NGOs, multi and bi-lateral development organizations, consultancies, etc, that are typically employed as project managers and directors, M&E specialists, technical specialists, and researchers.


This training is designed for participants who are reasonably proficient in English and have an understanding of basic ICT concepts.


5 Days


The course will introduce participants to tools and techniques to gather data for project/programme outcomes to stakeholders using innovative Mobile data gathering tools.

At the end of the course, you will become familiar with using ICT tools and methods to conduct data collection, statistical analysis and reporting.


Module I

M&E and Mobile data collection
Benefits of Mobile data collection for M&E
Introduction to common mobile based data collection platforms
Challenges of Mobile Based Data Collection
Data aggregation, storage and dissemination

Module II
Overview of available mobile phone based data collection platforms.
Types of questions and their data types.
Questionnaire/Form logic
Extended data types geoid, image and multimedia
Survey Authoring
Design forms using a web interfaces using:
Hands-on Exercise
ODK Build
Preparing mobile devices for data collection
Installing application: ODK Collect
Configuring the device (Mobile Phones)
Uploading the form into the mobile devices
Hands-on Exercise

Module III
Advanced survey Authoring: XLSForms
Introduction to XLSforms syntax
New data types
Notes and dates
Multiple choice Questions
Multiple Language Support
Hints and Metadata
Hands-on Exercise
Conditional Survey Branching
Required questions
Constraining responses
Skip: Asking Relevant questions
The specify other
Grouping questions
Skipping many questions at once (Skipping a section)
Repeating a set of questions
Special formatting
Making dynamic calculations

Module IV
Hosting survey data: Cloud Hosting
Google Apps Engine
ODK Aggregate
Hosting Survey Data: Local Server Hosting
Configuring ODK Aggregate on a local server
Downloading data
Manual download (ODK Briefcase)
Using the online server interface
Hands-on Exercise

Module V (GIS)
Introduction to GIS
Working with Spatial data (GPS Coordinates)
Spatial Mapping
Introduction to Fusion Table
Exporting GPS Coordinates (Google maps) to Fusion tables
Exporting data to Fusion tables using QGIS
Converting data to shape files
Hand-on Exercise
Choice of Platform
Discussion on the Choice of Platform
Integrating Mobile Data Collection tools into projects

This training can also be customized for your institution upon request. You can have it delivered your preferred location.

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