Training Course on Mobile Based Data Collection Using ODK


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 collect and manage project data using mobile devices.


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 Contents

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 basic xlsforms syntax for survey authoring.

Module II

Getting started

  • Types of questions.
  • Data types for each question.
  • Types of questionnaire and Form logic.
  • Extended data types geoid, image and multimedia.

Form Validation and Conversion

* Converting xlsforms to xml forms.
  • Validating xml forms.
  • Troubleshooting common syntax errors.

Device calibration (Mobile Phones/Tablets)

  • ODK Collect installation and configuration.
  • Uploading forms into the mobile devices – Manually/Downloading from the server.
  • Hands-on Exercise.

Hosting survey data (Online)

ODK Aggregate and Appengine - Setup

Module III

Intermediate Survey Authoring

  • 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

Hands-on Exercises

Module IV

Advanced Survey Authoring

  • Repeating a set of questions.
  • Special formatting.
  • Making dynamic calculations.
  • Survey Styling and formatting – Working with the appearance column.
  • Working with media files.
  • Cascading select
  • External selects
  • Conducting Longitudinal surveys.

Hands-on Exercises

Module V

Form Design using web platforms

  • KoBotoolBox

Downloading data

  • Manual download (ODK Briefcase)

Hand-on Exercise

Presentation of course project by participants

  • Action plan
  • Closure
  • Methodology

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.

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 the T4D Training Centre in Westlands Nairobi, Kenya. The course fee covers 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.


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

Email: [email protected]

Mobile Number: +254 706909947
Training Fees

The course fees 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 T4D account through bank on or before the course starting date.

Send proof of payment to [email protected]
Cancellation Policy

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

Tailor- Made

This scheduled course can also be tailored for your organization. To find out how our tailor-made training can help your organization, call our team on

Please Note: The program content shown here is for guidance purposes only. Our continuous course improvement process may lead to changes in topics and course structure.