Planning For Data Collection

Master the basic concepts, tools and tips you need to create an effective data collection plan in this online course.

Data Collection Free Online Course

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What Does This Course Cover?

With video-based lectures, exhaustive reading resources and real-life examples from the field, this online course will introduce you to the basics of planning for data collection.


What Information Is Needed

Measure and capture critical identifiers and subject-related information in your field survey.


What Information Is Available

Learn about accessibility of data, resource constraints and sensitivity of survey questions.


What Information Is Useful

Uncover hidden data collection costs and capture the exact data needed to measure your goals.


Mobile Data Collection vs Paper-Based Surveys

Evaluate how mobile-based data collection can lead to less time, lower costs, and richer data.


Mobile Data Collection Methods

Compare different digital data collection tools such as IVRS, SMS, and app-based mobile data collection.


Budgetary, Technology and Logistics Factors

Learn about device costs, personnel training and logistics, data security, and choosing a data partner.

Who Should Take This Course

By thinking critically about the fundamentals of data collection — such as what indicators to measure, what tools to use, what costs to account for and what factors to consider — you can create a basic data collection framework for conducting baseline surveys, market research studies, program monitoring and evaluation, etc.

This course should be taken by independent researchers, field managers and program officers from nonprofits, philanthropies, governments and other development organizations who are looking to use data to monitor their programs, track their performance and measure impact.

What Will You Learn In This Course

  • Build a data collection framework and plan
  • Measure the cost of your data collection activity
  • Compare mobile-based vs paper-based data collection methods
  • Choose between different mobile-based data collection tools
  • Evaluate budgetary, technology and logistical factors for data collection


This course is super helpful for our field staff to understand why they collect data, and how they can collect the right information they need.

Your workshop helped our staff to know why they are collecting the data and how it can help improve lives of people they work with.