Mobile Data Collection using MagPi

Course Name: Mobile Data Collection using MagPi

Venue: Tech for Development Training Center, Nairobi, Kenya

Event Date: 16th to 20th December 2019

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

Registration: Register online

Tech For Development-T4D would like to invite you to a high impact Training Course in Mobile Data Collection using MagPi to be held in Nairobi, Kenya from 16th to 20th December 2019.

Why T4D?

We are an international training, capacity building and tech solutions organization that offers tech solutions, scheduled and tailor made training and capacity building solutions to individuals and development agencies in Africa and around the world.

We provide our training programs with a capacity-building goal, so as to ensure that, our training programs contribute to sustainable change.

This course is suitable for people working in:

Impact Evaluation, Monitoring and Evaluation, Academic Research, Market Research, Field Research, Agriculture, Health, Education, WASH, Handicapped, Human rights, Emergencies/disasters, Advocacy, Education, Environment, Small business development, Community development, Rural development, Women, Youth, Population, Rehabilitation, Culture, Capacity Building, Appropriate technology, Income, generation, Private sector, Refugees/displaced.


Magpi is a set of tools that are used for field data collection using android mobile phones (Devices) and allows data submission to an online or cloud server. These tools include Magpi Form Builder, Magpi web-based server system, Magpi SMS for sms data collection, Magpi IVR (Interactive Voice Response) for deploying forms as interactive voice phone calls and Magpi Plus, a mobile app for field data collection using smartphones.

Magpi’s major advancement on mobile data collection is its ability to collect data using any phone device – not only Smartphones. This is made possible by the Magpi SMS data collection that supports all types of phone devices.

Other commonly used mobile data collection tools include ODK ecosystem, KoboToolbox, CSPro for android (CS Entry), Ona, fulcrum, mobenzi, visitbasis, dimagi, zapier amongst many others.

This training course will teach learners how to author surveys, field mobile data collection applications, and submit data to Magpi’s online server. Other mobile data collection tools will also be mentioned within the course.

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

Data collection has always been an integral part 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.

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 an additional GIS module to help participants put the skills acquired into perspective. The GIS module will help participants work with spatial data.

Who should attend

This course is suitable for people who want to learn how to:

  • Apply best practices in mobile data collection setup and administration

  • Setup a Magpi account

  • Author/Digitize surveys using Magpi

  • Setup, manage and administer a mobile data collection system using Magpi

  • Collect data on Mobile devices using Magpi Plus

  • Collect data using SMS service

  • Collect data using IVR (Interactive Voice Response)

  • Use Magpi messaging tool

  • Manage external enumerators

  • Collect Geo data and generate mapped data

  • Manage, visualize and analyze data on the Magpi platform

  • Learn about other similar mobile data collection tools and technologies


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


5 Days

Course objectives

The course will teach leaners how to implement a mobile data collection using Magpi.

At the end of the course, learners will be able to setup, implement, manage and administer a mobile data collection application using the Magpi platform and generate maps using the collected data. Additionally, learners will be exposed to other available mobile data collection platforms.

Course content

Module I

Introduction to the course

  • ICT refresher

  • Introduction to mobile data collection systems architecture.

  • Introduction to common mobile based data collection tools, techniques and platform.

  • Benefits of mobile data collection.

  • Challenges of Mobile Based Data Collection.

  • Best Practices.

Module II

Survey Authoring/Digitization

  • Creating a Magpi account and account validation

  • Creating a new survey form

  • Question (data) types in Magpi

  • Adding questions to your form

  • Multiple choice questions

  • Cascading(filtered) multiple choice questions

  • Adding skip logic

  • Making a question required

  • Mapping and Geodata in Magpi

  • Exporting form description

  • Previewing form

  • Copying a form

  • Inserting one form into another

  • Upload and message credits

  • Messaging with Magpi

Hand-on Exercise

Module III

Magpi plus app configuration and usag e

  • Installing the mobile app (smart-phones)

  • Retrieving forms from the magpi platform

  • Filling and submitting the forms

  • Sharing forms

  • via email(for users of the mobile and web app)

  • via sms

  • Viewing the collected data

Hands-on Exercise

Module IV

SMS Data Collection using Magpi (any mobile device) – Paid service

  • Intro to SMS data collection

  • Creating an interactive SMS form

  • Deploying the interactive SMS form

  • Creating an structured SMS form

  • Deploying the structured SMS form

  • Troubleshooting/Debugging SMS issues

  • Interactive SMS (iSMS) local gateway setup – Ushahidi’s SMS sync app

  • Structured SMS local gateway setup

IVR Data collection using Magpi – Paid service

  • Intro to Interactive Voice Recognition

  • Creating an IVR form

  • Deploying the IVR form

Hand-on Exercise

Module V

Reports and analysis

Integrating Magpi with other systems

  • Magpi inbound API

  • Magpi outbound API

  • Using Magpi with Zapier

  • Magpi-to-DHIS2 integration using OpenFn

Hand-on Exercise


The instructor led trainings are delivered using a blended learning approach and comprise 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 professionals and trainers in these fields.

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


Upon successful completion of this training, participants will be issued with a certificate of participation.

Training venue

The training is residential and will be held at T4D Training Centre in Westlands Nairobi, Kenya. The course fees cover the course tuition, training materials, two break refreshments, lunch, and study visits.

All participants will additionally cater for their, travel expenses, visa application, insurance, and other personal expenses.

Tailor- made

We can also tailor-make our courses for you. This way, you/your organization will benefit by:

  • Using own 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

For further inquiries, please contact us on details below:

Email: [email protected]

Mobile: +254 (0) 729166479


Accommodation is arranged upon request. For reservations contact the Training Officer.

Email: [email protected]

Mobile Number: +254 706909947

Training fee

The course fee is KES 75,000.00 or USD 1,100.00 exclusive of VAT. The course fees covers the course tuition, training materials, two (2) break refreshments, lunch and study visits. Participants will cater for their travel and accommodation costs.


Payment should be transferred to Tech For Development - T4D account through bank on or before the course starting date.

Send proof of payment to [email protected]

Cancellation policy

  1. Payment for the all courses includes a registration fee, which is non-refundable, and equals 15% of the total sum of the course fee.

  2. Participants may cancel attendance 14 days or more prior to the training commencement date.

  3. No refunds will be made 14 days or less to the training commencement date. However, participants who are unable to attend may opt to attend a similar training at a later date, or send a substitute participant provided the participation criteria have been met.


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Contact information

Tel: +254 706909947
Email: [email protected]

Kind regards.

Kelvin K. Mwangi
Customer Relationship Officer,
Tech For Development.
Innovation for impact