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Mobile Data Collection Using Epicollect


Due to the new advancements in information technology, new exciting avenues have been opened on how research is conducted with huge implications to Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E). One of these advances is the use of Mobile Data Collection (MDC). It opens a door to paperless data collection whereby data is input into a device which is then capable of exporting directly into a centralized database for processing and analysis.

EpiCollect is a suite of tools that allows data collection using Android mobile devices and data submission to an online server. This training will equip the participants with skills to author, field and manage mobile data collection platform using EpiCollect.


This course is aimed at organizational staffs who are conducting field data collection activities.


5 days


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

  • Create a Project website at
  • Use EpiCollect form builder to design a Form
  • Load the Project into the EpiCollect app on your phone
  • Collect multiple sets of geotagged data
  • Synchronise data from your phone with your project website
  • View data using Google Maps and Google Earth at your Project Website


  1. Introduction to Mobile based Data Collection
  • Overview of MDC
  • Benefits and challenges of MDC
  • Different MDC platforms and technologies
  • GPS concepts
  • Data types
  1. Introduction to EpiCollect
  • Components of EpiCollect 5
  • EpiCollect vs other MDC technologies
  • EpiCollect Case studies
  1. EpiCollect web application
  • Creating a project
  • Adding and editing entries
  • Managing users
  • Mapping data
  • Downloading data
  • Import and Export projects
  1. EpiCollect Form Builder
  • Introduction to form builder
  • Input types
  • Form design
  • Linking forms
  • Form logics
  • Import and export forms
  • Import and export possible answers
  1. EpiCollect mobile app
  • Installation of EpiCollect app on android and iphone
  • Adding a project
  • Adding an entry
  • Editing entries
  • Saving and uploading entries
  • Downloading entries
  • Sharing images
  1. Integration with other data platforms
  • Exporting EpiCollect data for further analysis in Spreadsheet
  • Importing into QGIS
  • Mapping project Photos
  • Preparing GIS project maps
  1. From EpiCollect to visualization using GIS
  • Spatial Data Infrastructure(SDI)
  • Labelling using multiple fields
  • View, Edit attribute data
  • Performing table joins
  • QGIS Plugins
  • Recoding data
  • Performing basic statistical analysis using QGIS
  • Incorporating Pie Charts and Graphs in GIS maps
  • Preparing M&E Maps
  1. Publishing into other online Platforms
  • Publishing into google maps and fusion tables
  • Publishing into other online platforms using qgis2web plugin


Participants should be reasonably proficient in English. Applicants must live up to Indepth Research Services (IRES) admission criteria.


The instructor led trainings are 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 an Indepth Research Servithces (IRES) certificate.


The training is residential and will be held at IRES Training Centre. 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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Tel: 020 211 3814


This training can also be customized for your institution upon request to a minimum of 4 participants. You can have it delivered in our training centre or at a convenient location.

For further inquiries, please contact us on Tel: +254 715 077 817, +254 (020) 211 3814 or mailThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Payment should be transferred to IRES account through bank on or before C.O.B 1st April 2019.

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

1.     Participants may cancel attendance 14 days or more prior to the training commencement date.

2.     No refunds will be made 14 days or less to the training commencement date. However, participants who are unable to attend may opt to attend a similar training at a later date, or send a substitute participant provided the participation criteria have been met.

Please Note: The program content shown here is for guidance purposes only. Our continuous course improvement process may lead to changes in topics and course structure.

Event Properties

Event Duration 5 Days
Event Date 08-04-2019
Event End Date 12-04-2019
Cut off date 01-04-2019
Individual Price(Kenyan) KES 69,000
Individual Price (International) EUR 790
Individual Price(International in Dollars) USD 920
Location Nairobi, Kenya
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