Mobile Data Collection using ODK Course

Dear Colleagues,

Have you always wanted to learn how to collect data using mobile phones?

We take this opportunity to invite you to our upcoming 5 days training courses in Mobile Data Collection using ODK in Nairobi Kenya.

Become intimately familiar with all the four components of mobile data collection: data collection, hosting, visualization, and analysis. This course is for professionals who want to strengthen their capacity in mobile data collection using innovative technologies.

Upon completion of the course, you will be able to set up and manage mobile data collection platforms using ODK, KoBo Toolbox, ONA and Magpi.


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 allow 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.

It is with this backdrop that we have designed a 5 days training course in Mobile Data Collection using ODK.

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 collect and manage data using mobile devices.


5 Days.

Course Objectives

The course will introduce participants to tools and techniques to collect 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.

Course Content

Module I
Introduction to the course

M&E Refresher

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
Introduction to Survey Authoring/Digitization

Introduction to the xlsforms syntax for survey authoring - Digitizing questionnaires for ODK using xlsforms.

Intermediate Survey Authoring/Digitization

Intermediate survey authoring: Digitizing questionnaires for ODK using xlsforms.

Module III
Advanced Survey Authoring/Digitization

Advanced survey authoring: Digitizing questionnaires for ODK using xlsforms.

Questionnaire logic.

Xlsforms troubleshooting

Converting xlsforms to XML

XML forms validation

Module IV
Survey Data Hosting

Setting up an Apps Engine Account

Setting up an ODK aggregate server in a cloud server.

Setting up ODK Collect for Mobile data collection.

Uploading XML forms to ODK Aggregate

Hosting platform quota management.

Data Visualization and analysis on ODK Aggregate.

Downloading/extracting data from ODK Aggregate for analysis.

Mobile device calibration for data collection.

Managing data collection in the field

Mobile Data Collection Using KoBoToolbox

How to digitize questionnaires using an easy web-based interface.

Hosting data on KoBoToolbox.

Setting up KoBo Collect for mobile data collection.

Mobile device calibration for data collection.

Visualizing and analyzing data on KoBoToolbox.

Downloading/extracting data for analysis.

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 shapefiles

Choice of Platform

Discussion on the Choice of Platform

Integrating Mobile Data Collection tools into projects

Mobile Based Data Collection Using ODK Tools.


Accommodation is arranged upon request. For reservations contact us below.
Email: [email protected]
Mobile: +254 (0) 725771853

Customized Training

This training can also be customized for your institution upon request. You can have it delivered your preferred location.
For further inquiries, please contact us on details below:
Email : [email protected]
Mobile : +254 (0) 725771853