Training on Mobile Data Collection using ODK for Monitoring, Evaluation and Research

Awesumcity (ASC)

Background to ASC Consultants

Awesumcity (ASC) was founded by a group of professionals from diverse backgrounds and with broad expertise in Statistics, Research, Monitoring and Evaluation. Founded in 2014, it was dully registered in 2017 in accordance with the provision of the Business Registration Act (No. 12 of 2012). ASC focuses on research, monitoring & evaluation and capacity building or training. Our vision is to support various development efforts in the country through provision of accurate and high quality research.

We are specialists in the following areas: programming of survey or research questionnaires using ODK, Kobo and Survey CTO; survey planning and implementation; training in use of statistical packages; data analysis and report writing. ASC Consultants is one of the leading organisations in training mobile data collection tools such as ODK in Malawi. The training is also customised for any organisation or institution that wants to migrate from paper questionnaires upon request and delivered at their preferred location.

Open Data Kit (ODK) – Mobile Data Collection

Mobile-Phone Based Data Collection using ODK has been acknowledged world-wide by researchers, 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 will become very valuable to employers and significantly increase your career opportunities. You will have working knowledge of other mobile collection methods such as kobo, Survey CTO and taroworks.

Why this ODK Training?

The goal of this training is to give the participant the ability to put in place all the pieces required for a mobile data collection system using ODK. Target participants are M&E and research professionals, data officers, enumerators, research assistants and those who aspire to work in the field of M&E and research but have no prior experience. If you are already working, this training will provide you with the knowledge and skills needed to confidently use this method and contribute more effectively to your organisation. If you want a career in M&E or research, the knowledge of ODK that you will acquire will be a very valuable skill to add to your CV. No matter your career or education background, this training will allow you to quickly understand ODK for both simple and more complex tasks during your data management process.

This training will be conducted through learning by doing approach using slides, hands-on computer exercises and hands-on tablet or phone exercises with close supervision.

Training Outline:

Module 1: Introduction to mobile phone data collection

Module 2: Designing a form using XLSforms

Module 3: Uploading the form to aggregate & sending to Android phone or tablet

Module 4: Setting server preference on android phone

Module 5: Data collection

Module 6: Submitting completed data to aggregate server

Module 7: Exporting data from ODK aggregate as CSV using ODK Briefcase

Module 8: Importing ODK – CSV file into statistical applications

Module 9: An Introduction to M&E report writing and data analysis using Excel, SPSS and Stata

Module 10: Setting up an ODK aggregate server with Google App Engine


  • Basic understanding of computers.
  • Basic knowledge of Microsoft Excel or similar spreadsheet application. No prior experience in ODK, M&E or Research is required.

Duration: This is a 2 weekends training program from 22th to 30th June, 2019.

Venue: Blantyre Institute of Management, along Highway opposite Chichiri Secondary School.

Fees: The training fee is only K50, 000.00 per person to be paid on or before arrival; instalments are also allowed. Payments can be made in cash or through the following account; Bank Name: FDH Bank, BT Branch | Account Name: AWESUMCITY | Account Number: 104000036877

Special Offer: Certificates will be offered after successful completion of the training. Free handouts, startup files, free installation of ODK software and post training mentorship.

How to Register:

Interested participants can contact the training coordinators on the following numbers to register or for enquires: 0994800171/ 0883816901/ 0881244795 Email:

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