[Mobile Data Collection Using ODK]

Dear All,


Tech For Development -T4D would like to invite you to a high impact Training Course in Mobile Data Collection Using ODK to be held in Nairobi, Kenya from 2nd to 6th Dec,2019

Event Information

Course Name: Mobile Data Collection Using ODK

Venue: Tech for Development Training Center, Nairobi, Kenya

Event Date: 2nd to 6th Dec,2019

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

Online Registration: Register here


Data collection and monitoring and evaluation (M&E) have 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 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 work with spatial data.

Who should attend?

The course is designed for representatives from government, project teams, NGOs, multi and bilateral 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

Course objectives

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.

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.

Hand-on Exercise

Module II

Introduction to Survey Authoring/Digitization

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

Intermediate Survey Authoring/Digitization

Intermediate survey authoring: Digitizing questionnaires for ODK using xlsforms.

Hand-on Exercise

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

Hand-on Exercise

Module IV

Survey Data Hosting

Setting up an Apps Engine Account

Setting up 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

Hand-on Exercise

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.

Hand-on Exercise

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

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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
Website: www.t4d.co.ke

Kind regards.

Sylvia Kura,
Customer Relationship Officer,
Tech For Development
Innovation for impact