Course Date Location Course fee: Click to Register (Group)
Start Date: 13/02/2023 End Date: 17/02/2023 Nairobi Kenya $ 1,000 Register as Individual Register for Online Training Register as a Group


Different organizations, professional, Programmes and projects collect data regularly to assess and monitor progress and performance and therefore better practices of data collection are needed to ensure that data gathered are both defined and accurate and that subsequent decisions based on arguments embodied in the findings are valid. Mobile Phone Based Data Collection using ODK has been recognized worldwide as a convenient data collection method substituting paper-based data collection method. The aim of this training is to give the participant the ability to put in place all the pieces required for a mobile data collection system.

Participants who successfully complete the course will receive Certificate of Participation.


By the end of this course the participants will be able to:

·         Properly design & build a form using ODK Build

·         Upload the form to aggregate & send to Android phone

·         Set up aggregate server

·         Collect mobile data using ODK

·         Submit completed data to aggregate server

·         Export data from ODK aggregate as CSV

·         Import ODK - CSV file into statistical applications

·         Export GPS data for Mapping/Visualizing (fusion map)


 5 days


This is course targets participants undertaking projects, surveys, programs or other related activities which involve the gathering of data. No prior Knowledge of mobile data collection is required.


Module I: General Introduction

·         Introduction to mobile phone data collection

·         Common mobile based data collection platforms

·         Advantages of Mobile Applications

·         Challenges

·         Data aggregation, storage, and dissemination

·         Understanding question types forming a questionnaire

·         Numbering (integer, decimal, string)

·         Text and notes

·         Multiple choice questions

·         Ranking questions

·         Extended data types geoid, image, videos etc.


Module II: Introduction to Open Data Kit ODK

·         Components of Open Data Kit (ODK)

·         ODK Form (Basic format of XLS Form)

·         ODK Collect Application Interface

·         ODK Aggregate

·         ODK Manage


Module III: Designing and creating Forms I

·         Creating ODK Collect Forms

·         Downloading forms;

·         Creating ODK Data Collect Form using Excel: Preparing your sheets Survey sheet, Choices sheet, Settings sheet

·         Creating and Publishing forms to Aggregate or XML

·         Designing forms directly on: ODK Build, Koboform builder, PurcForms


Module IV: Designing and creating Forms II

·         Introduction to XLS forms syntax

·         Creating XLS forms manually

·         Constraints & Skips

·         Validate Form


Module V: 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


Module VI: Transform data and Using GPS Coordinates for Mapping/Visualizing

·         Downloading data directly from Aggregate

·         Outputting data through Google Spreadsheet and 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

·         Integrating Digital Data Collection into a Survey Plan



·         The instructor led trainings are 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.

·         The participants should be reasonably proficient in English as all facilitation and course materials will be offered in English.

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

·         The training will be held at Kincaid 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 coordinator at Email: or Tel: +254 724592901

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


For further inquiries, please contact us on Tel: +254 724592901 or send mail to


Payments are due upon registration. Payment should be sent to our Bank account before commencement of training and proof of payment sent to