Installation Use and Management of Data Using Open HDS and ODK

Conference  2019-12-16 12:00 a.m.    2019-12-20 12:00 a.m.


Course Name: Installation Use and Management of Data Using Open HDS and ODK

Venue: Tech for Development Training Center, Nairobi, Kenya

Event Date: 16th to 20th Dec, 2019

Course Fee: KES 150,000 OR USD 2,200

Online Registration: Register here

Tech For Development -T4D would like to invite you to a high impact Training Course in Installation Use and Management of Data Using Open HDS and ODK to be held in Nairobi, Kenya from 16th to 20th Dec, 2019


Impact Evaluation, Monitoring and Evaluation, Academic Research, Market Research, Field Research, Agriculture, Health, Education, WASH, Handicapped, Human rights, Emergencies/disasters, Advocacy, Education, Environment, Small business development, Community development, Rural development, Women, Youth, Population, Rehabilitation, Culture, Capacity Building, Appropriate technology, Income, generation, Private sector, Refugees/displaced.


OpenHDS is an open source Android tablet application that enables community field workers to collect births, deaths, migrations, pregnancies, deliveries, immunization and other pertinent health information. Field workers can collect data "offline" and upload data to the OpenHDS server when they have mobile connectivity. Health program administrators and policy makers can thus have real time access to health and demographic information in the community. The web-enabled, tablet-based OpenHDS application allows users to efficiently select previously registered individuals and launch various OpenDataKit (ODK) forms to collect additional demographic, morbidity, and service delivery information. The mobile application facilitates the collection, through household interviews, of many health events that occur in the community (or outside the formal health system). Even with a relatively small target population, accurate and statistically significant health and demographic rates can be computed when health events are combined with ongoing population demographic information. In addition to computing demographic data, health administrators and researchers are able to assess health system utilization and the burden of disease for a given population over time.

The OpenHDS also maintains a consistent record of significant demographic events that occur to a population in a fixed geographic region and generates up to date registration books. This course focuses on installation, use and management of openHDS. The concepts presented are reinforced with practical exercises at the end of each section. We also provide additional exercises and materials at the end of each module and access to our experts for any further questions.


5 days.


This course is geared towards clinical researchers, investigators, research nurses, study coordinators and all other study staff health records officers.


The training aims at building the capacity of researchers, health record managers and practitioners to monitor, manage and maintain demographic data and health information.


Module 1: Understanding HDS

  • Introduction and definitions
  • Standards (according to UN and WHO) and applications
  • Methodologies, Uses of HDS and Importance of HDS
  • Advantages
  • Disadvantages
  • Case study

Module 2: Installation of the software

  • Installation of openHDS
  • Application and use of openHDS
  • Installation of ODK
  • Application and use of ODK

Module 3: Connection of HDS and ODK

  • System design
  • Deployment/application
  • Improving data collection process
  • Standardizing direct data collection
  • How HDS and ODK work hand in hand

Module 4: Connection of ODK Aggregate and ODK Collect

  • Definitions of ODK Aggregate and ODK Collect
  • Installation
  • Application
  • Importance of upgrading different servers

Module 5: Data quality Management

  • Improving data collection process
  • Standardizing direct data collection
  • Database and data warehouses
  • Consistent and efficient data integration
  • Well structured, consistent data fields within the EWD(records)
  • Autonomy and data architects
  • Improved analysis through the use of Metadata


Participants should be reasonably proficient in English. 


This instructor led training course is 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.

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This training course can also be tailored for your organization. This way, your organization will benefit by: 

  • Using own datasets and tools during the training.
  • Being able to choose areas of interest you wish the trainer to put more emphasis on.
  • Taking the course in-house or at a venue of choice.
  • Cutting on the cost of transport and accommodation.


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Contact information

Tel: +254 706909947

Kind regards.
Rose Ireri,
Customer Relationship Officer,
Tech For Development
Innovation for impact