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Mobile Data Collection and Mapping For M&E and Scientists

ODK or Open Data Kit is a set of free and open-source tools that are used for field data collection using Android mobile phones (Devices) and allows data submission to an online or cloud server. The ODK – Open Data Kit ecosystem includes the following components: ODK Collect, ODK Build, XLSForm, ODK Aggregate, and ODK Manage as the major components. Other tools in the ODK ecosystem include ODK Briefcase, ODK Aggregate VM, ODK XLSForm Converter, ODK Validate, GEOODK, ODK Scanner, ODK Printers, and the ODK Sensor Framework.

The other tools that were inspired by the ODK ecosystem including but not limited to: Kobo tool box which is also free and open-source, and Survey CTO which have a free trial period and a premium version with added functionalities and unlimited survey data storage capacity.

Other commonly used mobile data collection tools include CSPro for android (CS Entry), Magpi (Regular data collection and also supports SMS data Collection), fulcrum, mobenzi, visit basis, dimagi, zapier amongst many others.

This training course will focus on the popularly used free and open-source tools for mobile data collection but will also give a mention to the other mobile data collection tools available.

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, 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.

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

Who should attend?

This training course is suitable for anyone who is interested in learning how to collect and manage 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 collect data using innovative mobile data collection 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.

Software and platforms

  • ODK – Open Data Kit
  • KoBoToolbox
  • Magpi
  • QGIS
  • Microsoft Excel

Topics to be covered

Module I

Mobile Data Collection Using ODK

  • Digitizing questionnaires for ODK using xlsforms.
  • Setting up ODK aggregate server in the cloud.
  • Setting up ODK Collect for Mobile data collection.
  • Mobile device calibration for data collection.
  • Hosting platform quota management.
  • Data Visualization and analysis on ODK Aggregate.
  • Downloading/extracting data from ODK Aggregate for analysis.

Module II

Mobile Data Collection Using KoBoToolbox

  • How to digitize questionnaires using an easy web-based interface.
  • Hosting data on KoBoToolbox.
  • Setting up KoBoCollect for mobile data collection.
  • Mobile device calibration for data collection.
  • Visualizing and analyzing data on KoBoToolbox.
  • Downloading/extracting data for analysis.

Hands-on Exercises

Module III

Mobile Data Collection, Messaging and Visualization on any device using Magpi

  • How to digitize questionnaires using an easy web-based interface.
  • Interactive SMS – How to collect feedback by administer complex questionnaires via a back-and-forth SMS
  • Structured SMS – How to collect simple data that fits into a single SMS message of 160 characters.
  • Interactive voice response – How to deploy forms as interactive voice phone call.
  • Deploying and hosting survey data.
  • Downloading/extracting data for analysis.

Hands-on Exercises

Module IV


  • Introduction to GIS
  • Introduction to QGIS
  • Using location data collected to produce professional maps

Hands-on Exercises

Module V

Presentation and review of participants’ course projects with the instructors.

Also Read: Training in Data Management and Analysis using Advanced MS Excel


This instructor-led training course is delivered using a blended learning approach and comprises 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 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.


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

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