Mobile Data Collection and Data Management (SurveyCTO) Course

Training, Policy/Research

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About the course

Data collection is a vital part of any developmental work. In the previous years data collection used to be done on paper and pen which was prone to a lot of errors and difficult to conduct on large scale.

SurveyCTO is one of the most reliable, secure, and scalable mobile data collection platform for researchers and professionals working in offline settings. Many organizations use it to power 1000+ rigorous, complex, and large-scale projects in 150+ countries. With sophisticated workflows, robust quality control features, and real-time visualizations, SurveyCTO collects secure, high quality data – even offline.

Target Participants

This training is aimed at participants who want to build their skills to author, deploy and manage data collection for field research using SurveyCTO.

Course duration

7 Days

What you will learn

By the end of this training the participants will learn to:

  • Convert paper forms/questionnaires into digital forms that can be used for mobile data collection and case management
  • Collect high quality and secure data both online and offline using SurveyCTO
  • Integrate SurveyCTO with other tools
  • Carry out data audits and real time monitoring during field data collection
  • Build basic mobile application, install and use on phone.
  • View, manage and export data compatible with statistical tools for further analysis

What you will learn

Course Outline

Introduction to SurveyCTO

  • Introduction and Key Concepts
  • Advantages of SurveyCTO
  • Key Features of SurveyCTO
  • Case studies on use of SurveyCTO

SurveyCTO  Server

  • Components of SurveyCTO
  • Data aggregation, storage, and dissemination
  • Setting up a SurveyCTO server
  • Managing users & user roles

Setting Up SurveyCTO  Collect App

  • Installing SurveyCTO collect from google play store
  • Configuring SurveyCTO collect app
  • SurveyCTO   Collect Application  Interface

SurveyCTO Online Form builder

  • Creating a form
  • Input types
  • Adding question to Form
  • Form logics
  • Import  and export forms

Building Forms using XLSForms

  • Introduction to xlsform designer
  • Components of XlSForm
  • Question types
  • Handling constraints and required options
  • Form skip logic
  • Form Operators and Functions
  • Grouping Questions
  • Settings Worksheet
  • Importing xlsforms to surveyCTO server

Using SurveyCTO  Collect

  • Managing forms in SurveyCTO Collect
  • Collecting GPS data
  • Submitting data to  SurveyCTO Server

Monitoring Data with SurveyCTO Data Explorer

  • Monitoring Submission statistics
  • Monitoring Form submissions and dataset
  • Reviewing and correcting incoming data
  • Summarize data submitted for individual fields
  • Summarize the empirical relationships between field

Data Management

  • Exporting &Exporting data from SurveyCTO as CSV via SurveyCTO Sync
  • SurveyCTO – CSV file into statistical applications
  • Downloading data directly from SurveyCTO

Visualizing Geographic Data

  • Exporting GPS Coordinates to Google maps and Google Earth
  • Exporting GPS data for Mapping/Visualizing

Training Approach

This course is delivered by our seasoned trainers who have vast experience as expert professionals in the respective fields of practice. The course is taught through a mix of practical activities, theory, group works and case studies.

Training manuals and additional reference materials are provided to the participants.


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

Tailor-Made Course

We can also do this as tailor-made course to meet organization-wide needs. Contact us to find out more: [email protected]