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Advanced Mobile Based Data Collection Using ODK 2 Tools Course

By: Livecode Technologies Limited


10 - 21 Jun, 2019  12 days

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USD 2,000

Venue: Chak Guest House and Conference Centre

This Course Is Suitable for People Working In:

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.


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., teahouses 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.

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:

  • Design, setup and conduct a longitudinal study.
  • Install, configure and work with ODK Application Designer.
  • Install, configure and work with ODK Survey.
  • Install, configure and work with ODK Tables.
  • Install, configure and work with ODK Services
  • Install, configure and work with ODK Scan.
  • Install, configure and work with ODK Aggregate.
  • Install, configure and work with ODK Suitcase.
Chak Guest House and Conference Centre Jun 10 - 21 Jun, 2019

Registration: 08:00:am - 05:00:am

USD 2,000.00(Ksh 100000, USD2000)
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