ODK for Monitoring and Evaluation Training - Versed Professional Services | Educartis

5 days
Company Training


Course Overview

This five day course has been designed to teach students how to collect, manage, and analyse project data using mobile devices. Held at the Versed Training Facility, this small training programme provides a supportive and welcoming learning environment to provide participants with the tools and techniques required to gather data for projects using an innovative Mobile Data Gathering Technology. The course also comes with additional M&E and GIS modules to help students put these skills into practice. 

Mobile-Phone Based Data Collection using ODK has been acknowledged world wide by researches, non-governmental organisations, relief agencies, and health ministries, among other organisations, as a very useful and convenient method of data collection, compared to the traditional paper forms. As a professional with skills in this form of data collection, you'll become very valuable to potential employers and significantly increase your career opportunities. This course will provide you with the knowledge and skills needed to confidently use this method and contribute more effectively to your organisation. 

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How This Course Will Benefit Your Career

At the end of the course, students will be able to: 

  • Become familiar with using ICT tools and methods to conduct data collection, statistical analysis and reporting.
  • Gain a stronger understanding of the tools and techniques to gather data for project/programme outcomes to stakeholders using innovative Mobile data gathering tools
  • Perform successful mobile data collection using ODK
  • Design & build a form using ODK build 
  • Submit completed data to an aggregate server. 

Certification obtained

Participation Certificate 

What jobs will I qualify for?

This course enhances learners' knowledge and skill in a number of careers including: 

  • Project Manager
  • M&E Specialist 
  • Technical Specialist 
  • Researcher 

When do I start?

Next available course

Admission Criteria

To be eligible for this course, students must: 

  • Be reasonably proficient in English. 
  • Have an understanding of basic ICT concepts. 

How do I apply?

In order to apply for this course, students must fill in the relevant individual or company registration form.

Payment options

The total fee for this course is 105,000 KES/1050 USD. This covers: 

  • Tuition 
  • Training Materials
  • Two break refreshments 
  • Lunch 
  • Study Visits

How to Pay
Payments should be transferred to Versed Professional Services Account through the bank 7 days before commencement of training. 

  • All participants will additionally care for their travel expenses, visa application, insurance, and other personal expenses.
  • Accommodation is arranged upon request. 

Detailed course information

This course is taken at the Versed Training Facility over the course of five days. The course outline is as follows:

Module I
  • M&E and Mobile data collection
  • Benefits of Mobile data collection for M&E
  • Introduction to common mobile based data collection platforms
  • Challenges of Mobile Based Data Collection
  • Data aggregation, storage and dissemination

Module II
  • Overview of available mobile phone based data collection platforms.
  • Types of questions and their data types.
  • Questionnaire/Form logic
  • Extended data types geoid, image and multimedia
  • Survey Authoring
  • Design forms using a web interfaces using:
  • Hands-on Exercise
  • ODK Build
  • KoboToolBox
  • Preparing mobile devices for data collection
  • Installing application: ODK Collect
  • Configuring the device (Mobile Phones)
  • Uploading the form into the mobile devices
  • Hands-on Exercise

Module III
  • Advanced survey Authoring: XLSForms
  • Introduction to XLSforms syntax
  • New data types
  • Notes and dates
  • Multiple choice Questions
  • Multiple Language Support
  • Hints and Metadata
  • Hands-on Exercise
  • 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: Cloud Hosting
  • Google Apps Engine
  • ODK Aggregate
  • KoboToolbox
  • Formhub
  • Hosting Survey Data: Local Server Hosting
  • Configuring ODK Aggregate on a local server
  • Downloading data
  • Manual download (ODK Briefcase)
  • Using the online server interface
  • Hands-on Exercise

Module V (GIS)
  • Introduction to GIS
  • 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
  • Integrating Mobile Data Collection tools into projects

This training can also be customised for your particular institution upon request. You can have it delivered to your preferred location. 

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