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Advanced Mobile Based Data Collection Using ODK 2 Tools.


Impact Evaluation, Monitoring and Evaluation, Academic Research, Market Research, Field Research, Agriculture, Health, Education, WASH, Handicapped, Human rights, Emergencies/disasters, Advocacy, Education, Environment, Small business development, Community development, Rural development, Women, Youth, Population, Rehabilitation, Culture, Capacity Building, Appropriate technology, Income, generation, Private sector, Refugees/displaced.


The next-generation of ODK tools (the ODK 2.0 Tool Suite) are intended to address several limitations of the existing ODK 1.0 data collection workflow. This ODK generation comes with advanced features that will revolutionize mobile data collection technologies as we know them.

Notably one of the most interesting features is the ability to conduct longitudinal studies. Other features include: ability to easily customize all screens on mobile devices, a flexible user-directed navigation of survey, advanced handling of repeat groups, bi-directional synchronization of data, advanced data curation and visualization on the device amongst others.

Why ODK 2

  • Fully customizable layout

The 2.0 tools use HTML, Javascript and CSS to specify the layout of nearly all the screens viewed by the data collectors.


  • Flexibility

More flexible, user-directed, navigation of a survey. The 2.0 tools do not impose a strict sequential advancement through a form like ODK Collect; form designers can allow users to traverse a form in any order, yet impose validation of collected data prior to traversing into subsequent steps in a workflow.


  • Advanced Repeat Groups

Improved treatment of repeat-groups. In the 2.0 tools, we have eliminated the concept of a repeat-group. In its place, we provide prompts that enable you to open and edit other surveys with links back to the originating survey (if desired). These prompts can describe a sub-form (nested) relationship among the surveys (e.g., household and household-member) or they can represent arbitrary relational linkages across your data (e.g., tea-houses and tea-types).


  • Bi-directional synchronization of data

Bi-directional synchronization of data across devices. The ODK 2.0 tools support the collaborative sharing of survey data across devices, and the updating and submission of changes to previously-collected data (i.e., follow-up surveys) via a bi-directional synchronization protocol; this contrasts with the uni-directional device-to-server submission pathway of ODK Collect / ODK Aggregate / ODK Briefcase.


  • Data curation and visualization

Data curation and visualization on the device. ODK Tables gives organizations the ability to investigate and visualize entire datasets directly on the Android devices through graphical and non-graphical displays and through filtered views.


  • Ease of Customization

Eliminate the need to fork the underlying Java codebase. The ODK 2.0 tools include an Application Packager that will eliminate the need for an organization to fork and maintain their own versions of the ODK Survey or ODK Tables applications in order to create their own branded and controlled app.

Who should attend

This course is designed for early adopters of the ODK 2 tools. Participants with prior knowledge in ODK 1 will find this course much easier as opposed to beginners. The course will focus on setting up and working with ODK 2 tools.


Prior knowledge in ODK is an added advantage but not mandatory. Participants should be proficient in English.


10 Days

Course Objectives

The course will focus on setting up and working with ODK 2 tools.

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

  1. Design, setup and conduct a longitudinal study.
  2. Install, configure and work with ODK Application Designer.
  3. Install, configure and work with ODK Survey.
  4. Install, configure and work with ODK Tables.
  5. Install, configure and work with ODK Services
  6. Install, configure and work with ODK Scan.
  7. Install, configure and work with ODK Aggregate.
  8. Install, configure and work with ODK Suitcase.


Most of the tools covered in this course are either in Alpha or Beta stage, may change anytime and have note reached production stage. For this reason most of the tools are offered on a “use as is” basis and support is not guaranteed. 


This instructor led training course is 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.

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 acertificate of participation.

Training Venue

The training is residential and will be held at the T4D Training Center in Westlands, Nairobi, Kenya. The course fee covers the course tuition, training materials, two break refreshments, lunch, and study visits.

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


Accommodation is arranged upon request. For reservations contact the Training Officer.

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Training Fee

The course fee is KES 150,000.00 or USD 2,200.00 exclusive of VAT. The course fees covers the course tuition, training materials, two (2) break refreshments, lunch and study visits. Participants will cater for their travel and accommodation costs.

Organizations who send more than three participants automatically qualify for a 10% discount.


Payment should be transferred to T4D account through bank on or before the course commences.

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Cancellation Policy

Payment for the all courses includes a registration fee, which is non-refundable, and equals 15% of the total sum of the course fee.

Tailor- Made

This scheduled course can also be tailored for your organization. To find out how our tailor-made training can help your organization, contact our team on:

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Event Properties

Event Date 11-12-2017 8:00 am
Event End Date 22-12-2017 5:00 pm
Capacity 100
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Available place 100
Cut off date 11-12-2017
Individual Price USD2,200.00
Location T4D Training Center
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