Mobile Phone Based Data Collection Using ODK Course


INTRODUCTION

Data collection and monitoring and evaluation (M&E) have always been integral parts 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.

Information and communication technology (ICT) tools, including hardware like mobile phones and tablets, applications with the capacity to create digital surveys, and software that allows users to upload data to storage facilities in real-time, have reduced the conventional challenges associated with remote data collection and M&E.

DURATION

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.

TOPICS TO BE COVERED

Module I

  • Introduction to Mobile Data gathering
  • Benefits of Mobile Applications
  • Data and types of Data
  • Introduction to  common mobile based data collection platforms
  • Managing devices
  • Challenges of Data Collection
  • Data aggregation, storage and dissemination

Module II

Introduction

Overview of available mobile phone based data collection platforms

Getting started

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

Survey Authoring

  • Design forms using a web interface using:
    • ODK Build
    • Koboforms
    • PurcForms
  • Hands-on Exercise

Preparing the mobile phone for data collection

  • Installing applications: ODK Collect
    • Using Google play
    • Manual install (.apk files)
  • Configuring the device (Mobile Phones)
  • Uploading the form into the mobile devices
  • Hands-on Exercise

Module III

Designing forms manually: Using XLS Forms

  • Introduction to XLS forms syntax
  • New data types
  • Notes and dates
  • Multiple choice Questions
  • Multiple Language Support
  • Hints and Metadata
  • Hands-on Exercise

Advanced survey Authoring

  • Conditional Survey Branching
    • Required questions
    • Constraining responses
    • Skip: Asking Relevant questions
    • The specify other
  • Grouping questions
    • Skipping many questions at once (Skipping a section)
  • Repeating a set of questions
  • Special formatting
  • Making dynamic calculations

Module IV

Hosting survey data (Online)

  • ODK Aggregate
  • Formhub
  • ona.io
  • KoboToolbox
  • Uploading forms to the server

Hosting Survey Data (Configuring a local server)

Configuring ODK Aggregate on a local server

Downloading data

  • Manual download (ODK Briefcase)
  • Using the online server interface

Hands-on Exercise

Module V

Working with Spatial data (GPS Coordinates)

  • Spatial Mapping
  • Introduction to Fusion Table
  • Exporting GPS Coordinates (Google maps) to Fusion tables
  • Exporting data to Fusion tables using QGIS
  • Converting data to shape files
  • Hand-on Exercise

Choice of Platform

  • Discussion on the Choice of Platform
  • Considerations for Integrating Mobile Data Gathering Tools into the Project

Course Project using a real survey from participants

  • Presentations
  • Action Plan

Course Summary

  • Discussion on the Choice of Platform
  • Considerations for Integrating Mobile Data Gathering Tools into the Project
  • Course Project using a real survey from participants
  • Presentations
  • Action Plan
  • Issue of certificates
  • Closure

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FAQs & Course Administration Details:

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 Phone: +254 715 077 817 or Email: [email protected].
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).
Payment should be transferred to IRES account through bank on or before start of the course. Send proof of payment to [email protected].
Accommodation and airport pickup are arranged upon request. For reservations contact the Training Officer. Email: [email protected] Phone: +254 715 077 817.

Who else has taken this course?


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