Technology for Data Collection and Survey

Course Description

How has technology changed the way data are collected and how surveys are deployed? Regardless of the organization, agency, or company you work for, you need to understand how to collect data to maximize its value.

Data collection is the building block of M&E work. The data collected determines the value of analysis and the impact that can be measured. Digital survey tools have added new elements to survey design, such as skip logic, data validation, and decision trees. New technologies, such as biometrics, remote sensors, and satellite imagery, provide additional tools for data collection and identifying beneficiaries. Understanding these tools, how to design and deploy digital surveys, and how to combine active and passive data collection is necessary to maximize the value from data collection effort.

This four week online certificate course will focus on building skills and strategies to better collect and manage data using a variety of tech tools. It will feature live interactive guest expert presentations with leading M&E practitioners, software developers, and data scientists. It will also include a unique hands-on learning environment with animated videos, technology demos, practical activities, networking events, immersive simulations and more.

As part of the course, participants will go through the process of creating a data collection plan and deploying a mobile survey. Participants will get feedback from guest experts, the facilitator, and fellow participants.

Course Objectives

  • Design and deploy a digital survey for a mobile device using advanced techniques, such as skip logic and branching question trees
  • Explain the strengths and weaknesses of the different data collection tools, including mobile devices, biometrics, and remote sensors
  • Identify key concerns for a data collection plan, including, but not limited to: who the users are, how technology can bias a digital survey, and what security risks exist
  • Assess technical and human constraints for a data collection plan
  • Compare data collection software and select the best software for your data collection needs
  • Manage data collection enumerators using tools for remote monitoring the data collection.

Provider - Tech change

Format - Online

Cost - $395 - $495

Duration - 4 weeks

Focus areas - Data Analysis

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