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Training on Mobile Data Collection using ODK (March 18 to March 22, 2019)

About the Course

Advances in information technology have opened exciting new avenues for how research is conducted and data collected, with huge implications to monitoring and evaluation (M&E). One of these advances is the use of Mobile Data Collection (MDC). Instead of collecting data on paper using a pen, which is then manually entered into a database for analysis, data is input into a device which is then capable of exporting directly into a centralized database for processing and analysis.

Open Data Kit (ODK) is a suite of tools that allows data collection using Android mobile devices and data submission to an online server. This training will equip the participants with skills to author, field and manage mobile data collection platform using ODK.

Target Participants

This course is aimed at organizational staffs who are conducting field data collection activities.

Course duration

5 Days

What you will learn

By the end of the training the participants will be able to:

Create survey forms using Build or XLSForms
Upload forms to an Aggregate server
Load forms into Collect on an Android device
Use Collect to fill out forms with participants
Upload survey data from Collect to Aggregate
Analyse or export data in Aggregate
Course Outline

Introduction to Mobile Data Collection

Introduction to mobile phone data collection
Common mobile based data collection platforms
Advantages of Mobile Applications
Data aggregation, storage, and dissemination
Understanding question types forming a questionnaire
Introduction to Open Data Kit (ODK)

Components of Open Data Kit (ODK)
ODK Form
ODK Collect Application Interface
ODK Aggregate
ODK Manage
ODK platforms and formats
Downloading and install ODK Collect into mobile devices or using APK file
Designing and Creating forms using ODK Build

Creating ODK Collect Forms
Downloading forms;
Creating ODK Data Collect Form using Excel
Creating and Publishing forms to Agregate or XML
Designing forms directly on:
ODK Build
Koboform builder
Creating and Designing XLS form

Introduction to XLS forms syntax
Creating XLS forms manually
Constraints & Skips
Validate Form
ODK Collect

ODK Collect Installation and Setup
ODK Collect Menus, Settings and Security
Form Management in Collect
Best practices for ODK Collect
ODK Aggregate Server

Setting up own aggregate server using Google App Engine
Configuring ODK Aggregate Server
How to Create Own Server
Uploading the form to aggregate server
Submitting completed data to aggregate server
Exporting data from ODK Aggregate as CSV
Importing ODK – CSV file into statistical applications
Visualizing Geographic Data

Downloading data directly from Aggregate
Outputting data through;
Google Spreadsheet
Google Fusion Tables
Exporting GPS Coordinates (Google maps) to Fusion Tables
Exporting GPS data for Mapping/Visualizing (fusion map)
Exporting data to Fusion Tables using QGIS

Training Approach

This course is delivered by our seasoned trainers who have vast experience as expert professionals in the respective fields of practice. The course is taught through a mix of practical activities, theory, group works and case studies.

Training manuals and additional reference materials are provided to the participants.


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

Tailor-Made Course

We can also do this as tailor-made course to meet organization-wide needs. Contact us to find out more:

Training venue

The training will be conducted at Devimpact Institute Training Centre, Nairobi Kenya.


The training fee covers tuition fees, learning materials, and training venue. Accommodation and airport transfer are arranged for our participants upon request.

Event Properties
Event Date March 18,2019, 8:00 am
Event End Date March 22,2019, 4:30 pm
Cut off date March 15,2019, 5:00 pm
Individual Price Kenyan - KES 80,000, International - USD 950
Location Nairobi


Country: Kenya