Training on Mobile Data Collection using KoBoToolBox

Policy/Research, Training

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About the Course

KoBoToolbox is a suite of tools for field data collection for use in challenging environments. The software is free and open source. It allows data collection using Android enabled mobile devices and data submission to an online server. This training will equip the participants with skills to develop, implement and manage mobile data collection platform using KoboToolbox

Target Participants

This course is targeted at researchers, project staff, managers, development practitioners who are involved in field data collection

Course duration

5 days 

What you will learn

By the end of this course the participants will be able to:

·Create survey forms using Build or XLSForms

·Set up Form Builder, Kobo Collect and KoboToolbox

·Upload forms to KoboToolbox server

·Load forms into Kobo Collect on an Android device

·Use Kobo Collect to fill out forms with field participants

·Upload survey data from Kobo Collect to KoboToolbox server

·Analyze and manage collected data 

Course Outline

Introduction to Mobile Data Collection

·Introduction to mobile sdata collection

·Common mobile based data collection platforms

·Data aggregation, storage, and dissemination

·Understanding question types forming a questionnaire

Introduction to KoboToolbox

·Components of KoboToolbox

·Kobo Form builder


·KoboToolbox server

Setting up KoBoCollect

·KoBoCollect Installation from google play

·Manual installation of KoBoCollect

·KoBoCollect Menus, Settings and Security

·Best practices for KoBoCollect

KoboToolBox Server

·Configuring KoboToolBoxServer

·Setting up local server

·Uploading the form to KoboToolBoxServer

·Managing forms in KoboToolBoxServer

·Working with submitted data in KoboToolBoxServer

·Administering KoboToolBoxServer

 Designing and Creating forms using Formbuilder

·Designing forms online using Formbuilder

·Uploading forms to KoboToolBoxServer

·Form properties

 Designing and Creating form using XLS form

·Introduction to XLSForm

·Components of XLSForm

·Question types

·Form Logic, styling, language

·Form operators and functions

·Constraints & Skips

·Form validation

·Uploading form to KoboToolBoxServer

Using KoboCollect for field data collection

·Filling forms in KoBoCollect

·Managing forms in KoBoCollect

·Collecting different types of data

·Advanced use and best practices

·Submitting data to KoboToolBoxServer

Data Management

·Exporting data from KoboToolBoxServer as CSV

·Downloading data in different formats

·Formatting data for further analysis using statistical applications

·Outputting data through Google spreadsheet 

Visualizing Geographic Data

·Exporting GPS Coordinates to Google maps 

·Exporting GPS data for Mapping/Visualizing

·Visualizing GIS data using QGIS

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]

 Phone: +254 714349537

Training venue

The training will be conducted at Devimpact Institute Training Centre, Nairobi Kenya.


The training fee covers tuition fees, learning materials, and training venue. Accommodation and airport transfer are arranged for our participants upon request.

Payment should be sent to our bank account before start of training and proof of payment sent to [email protected]