Mobile Based Data Collection Using KoBo Toolbox

Dear All,


Tech For Development -T4D would like to invite you to a high impact Training Course in Mobile Based Data Collection Using KoBo Toolbox to be held in Nairobi, Kenya from 4th to 8th Nov,2019

Event Information

Course Name: Mobile Based Data Collection Using KoBo Toolbox.

Venue: Tech for Development Training Center, Nairobi, Kenya

Event Date: 4th to 8th Nov,2019

Course Fee: KES 75,000 OR USD 1,100

Online Registration: Register here


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Data collection has always been an integral part of development work. In the past, this task was performed with paper and pen, which made it 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.

If you have always wanted to learn how to collect, manage and analyze project data using mobile devices, this training course is for you.

Who should attend?

This training course is suitable for anyone who is interested in learning how to quickly collect and manage data using mobile devices.


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


5 Days

Course objectives

The course will introduce participants to tools and techniques for rapid data collection using innovative mobile data collection tools.

At the end of the course, participants will become familiar with ICT tools and technologies to conduct data collection, extract data for analysis and map collected data using mapping software.

Topics to be covered

Module I

ICT Refresher

Introduction to Mobile Data Collection

Benefits of Mobile Based Data Collection

Challenges facing Mobile Based Data Collection and their work arounds.

Introduction to KoBoToolbox.

Module II

Getting started

Introduction to KoBoToolbox.

Types of questions.

Data types for each question.

Questionnaire logic.

Digitizing/building forms/survey authoring using KoBoToolbox.

Deploying forms.

Device calibration (Mobile Phones/Tablets)

KoBoCollect installation and configuration.

Downloading forms into the mobile devices.

Collecting data using KoBoCollect

Hands-on Exercise.

Survey data hosting

Uploading data to KoBoToolbox

Data Analysis and Visualization using KoBoToolbox

Data Analysis and Visualization using KoBoToolbox

Module III

Introduction to basic XLSForm syntax for survey authoring.

Intermediate Survey Authoring using XLSForm syntax

New data types.

Notes and dates.

Multiple choice Questions.

Multiple Language Support.

Hints, metadata and more.

Conditional Survey Branching.

Required questions

Constraining responses

Skip: Asking Relevant questions

The specify (other)

Grouping questions.

Skipping many questions at once (Skipping a section). Etc

Extended data types geoid, image and multimedia

Hands-on Exercises

Module IV

Advanced Survey Authoring using XLSForm syntax

Repeating a set of questions.

Special formatting.

Making dynamic calculations.

Survey Styling and formatting

Form Validation

Troubleshooting common syntax errors.

Hands-on Exercises

Module V (GIS)

Spatial Mapping

Introduction to GIS

Working with Spatial data (GPS Coordinates)

Introduction to Fusion Table

Exporting GPS Coordinates (Google maps) to Fusion tables

Exporting data to Fusion tables using QGIS

Converting data to shape files

Choice of Platform

Discussion on the Choice of Platform

Integrating Mobile Data Collection tools into projects

Hand-on Exercise

Action plan.


This instructor led training course is delivered using a blended learning approach and comprises of presentations, guided sessions of practical exercise, web based tutorials and group work. Our facilitators are seasoned industry experts with years of experience, working as professional and trainers in these fields.

All facilitation and course materials will be offered in English. The participants should be reasonably proficient in English.

Action plan

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Tailor-made training

This training course can also be tailored for your organization. This way, your organization will benefit by:

Using own datasets and tools during the training.

Being able to choose areas of interest you wish the trainer to put more emphasis on.

Taking the course in-house or at a venue of choice.

Cutting on the cost of transport and accommodation.


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How to participate

Register as individual

Contact information

Email: [email protected]
Tel: +254 706909947

Kind regards.
Rose Muthoni,
Customer Relationship Officer,
Tech For Development
Innovation for impact