Mobile Data Collection for Development Workers using ODK and Kobo Toolbox Course

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July 2024

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MCK008 15 Jul 2024 - 19 Jul 2024 5 days Nairobi, Kenya KES 83,000 | $1,100 Register
MCK008 22 Jul 2024 - 26 Jul 2024 5 days Kisumu, Kenya KES 84,000 | $1,100 Register
MCK008 29 Jul 2024 - 2 Aug 2024 5 days Mombasa, Kenya KES 92,000 | $1,100 Register
MCK008 15 Jul 2024 - 19 Jul 2024 5 days Kampala, Uganda $1,900 Register
MCK008 15 Jul 2024 - 19 Jul 2024 5 days Accra, Ghana $2,400 Register
MCK008 22 Jul 2024 - 26 Jul 2024 5 days Johannesburg, South Africa $2,400 Register
MCK008 29 Jul 2024 - 2 Aug 2024 5 days Cape Town, South Africa $2,400 Register
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July 2024

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MCK008 15 Jul 2024 - 19 Jul 2024 5 days Half-day KES 60,000 | USD 699 Register
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July 2024

15 Jul - 19 Jul
5 days
KES 83,000 | $1,100
22 Jul - 26 Jul
5 days
KES 84,000 | $1,100
29 Jul - 2 Aug
5 days
KES 92,000 | $1,100
15 Jul - 19 Jul
5 days
- | $1,900
15 Jul - 19 Jul
5 days
- | $2,400
22 Jul - 26 Jul
5 days
- | $2,400
29 Jul - 2 Aug
5 days
Cape Town
- | $2,400
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July 2024

15 Jul - 19 Jul
5 days
KES 60,000 | $ 699
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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 and tablets and allows data submission to a local self-hosted server or an online cloud-based server.

The ODK – Open Data Kit ecosystem comprises the following components:

  1. ODK Collect – An open-source Android app that is used to collect data on android mobile phones and tablets.
  2. ODK Build – A form designer with a drag-and-drop user interface.
  3. XLSForm – A standard for building forms in Excel.
  4. ODK Aggregate – An open-source application that stores, analyzes, and presents survey data collected using ODK Collect.
  5. ODK Central – This is the ODK server.
  6. ODK Cloud – A fully-managed and fully-supported cloud infrastructure for hosting the ODK Central server.
  7. Enketo Forms – Enables preview and submission of forms directly from a web browser.

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.

There are other tools that were inspired by the ODK ecosystem including but not limited to KoBoToolbox which is also free and open-source.

Others include, Hoji, and Survey CTO. These have a free trial period as well as 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, visitbasis, dimagi, zapier amongst many others.

This training course will focus mainly on how to set up, manage and administer a mobile data collection platform using ODK.

If you have always wanted to learn how to collect, manage, visualize and analyze project field data using mobile phones, this course is for you.

Tools To Be Covered

  1. ODK Collect
  2. XLSForms
  3. ODK Central
  4. ODK Cloud
  5. Enketo Forms
  6. ODK Build
  7. ODK aggregate
  8. ODK Validate
  9. ODK Briefcase

5 Days


This training course is suitable for individuals and organizations who are interested in learning how to set up, manage and administer a mobile data collection platform using ODK.

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Course Objectives

At the end of the course, participants will be able to design, setup and administer a mobile data collection platform using ODK.

  1. Create survey forms using ODK Build and XLSForms.
  2. Install ODK Collect and configure mobile phones for data collection.
  3. Collect data in the field using mobile phones and upload the data to an online server.
  4. Collect data on a web browser
  5. Setup and install ODK Central on Digital Ocean
  6. Use ODK Cloud to host ODK Central
  7. Visualize and analyze data online
  8. Use ODK’s OData feed to build live-updating dashboards in Power BI and Excel
  9. Download submission using R and Python
  10. Apply best practices in mobile data collection

Course Outline

Module I

  • ICT Refresher
  • Introduction to Mobile Data Collection (MDC)
  • Benefits of Mobile Data Collection (MDC)
  • Challenges facing Mobile Data Collection and their workaround
  • Introduction to the ODK ecosystem
  • Introduction to basic ODK XLSForm syntax for survey authoring

Module II

Getting started – Survey authoring using ODK XLSForm

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

Form Validation in ODK

  • Troubleshooting common XLSForms syntax errors

Mobile phones and tablets configuration

  • Introduction to ODK Collect
  • ODK Collect installation and configuration

Hosting survey data – ODK Central

  • Introduction to ODK Cloud
  • Introduction to Digital Ocean Cloud
  • Introduction to ODK Central
  • ODK Central – Download and setup on Digital Ocean
  • ODK Central on ODK Cloud
  • ODK Central administration
  • Data analysis in ODK Central
  • Downloading survey data from a web interface

Module III

Intermediate Survey Authoring for ODK

  • 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)

Module IV

Advanced Survey Authoring for ODK

  • 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

  • ODK Build

Accessing Survey Data Submissions

  • Use ODK OData feed to build live-updating dashboards in Power BI and Excel
  • Download submission using R and Python

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Course Administration Details:


The instructor led trainings are delivered using a blended learning approach and comprise 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 an Indepth Research Institute(IRES) certificate certified by the National Industrial Training Authority (NITA).


The training will be held at IRES Training Centre. The course fee covers the course tuition, training materials, two break refreshments and lunch.

All participants will additionally cater for their, travel expenses, visa application, insurance, and other personal expenses.


Accommodation and airport pickup are arranged upon request. For reservations contact the Training Officer.

Email:[email protected] or [email protected]

Mob: +254 715 077 817/+250789621067


This training can also be customized to suit the needs of your institution upon request. You can have it delivered in our IRES Training Centre or at a convenient location.

For further inquiries, please contact us on Tel: +254 715 077 817/+250789621067

Mob: +254 792516000+254 792516010 , +250 789621067 ,or mail [email protected] or [email protected]


Payment should be transferred to IRES account through bank on or before start of the course.

Send proof of payment to [email protected] or [email protected]

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