Planning for Data Collection
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Planning for Data Collection

Learn about different concepts, tools and tips to consider while collecting data in the field!
3.9 (77 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
1,516 students enrolled
Last updated 7/2017
English
Price: Free
Includes:
  • 30 mins on-demand video
  • 1 Supplemental Resource
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Build a robust data collection plan that accounts for budgetary, technology and logistical factors
  • Distinguish between different types of data needed to achieve their goals
  • Evaluate and choose between different mobile-based data collection technologies
  • Learn about important factors to keep in mind while collecting data
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Requirements
  • There are no prerequisites for this course. You should be able to use a computer at a beginner level to undertake this course.
Description

Master the basic concepts, tools and tips you need to create a stellar data collection plan for your organization in this course. Learn how mobile-based data collection can help you save time, reduce costs and optimize resources in your next data collection exercise. 

Build a robust data collection plan to which helps you capture data about your program, monitor its performance and measure its impact!

  • Understand what data you need to collect
  • Measure the cost of your data collection exercise
  • Learn about the benefits of mobile-based data collection
  • Choose between different mobile-based data collection tools
  • Evaluate budgetary, technology and logistical factors for data collection

Learn how mobile-based data collection leads to better, richer and more accurate data!

By understanding the fundamentals of data collection, such as distinguishing between the information which is needed, the information which is available and the information which is useful, you can create an effective strategy to capture the exact data point you need for administering a baseline survey, conducting a market research study, implementing development initiatives or getting feedback about your services. 

With mobile-based data collection, you can capture data in various shapes and formats, such as audio, video, photo, geolocations, etc. Automatic database collation and real-time flagging reduces data entry and data loss errors, while increasing the quality and reliability of your data.  

Content and Overview 

Suitable for independent researchers, field managers and program officers in nonprofits, philanthropies, governments and business organizations, this online course — with the help of video based lectures, exhaustive reading resources and real-life examples from the field — will introduce you to the basics of building a data collection plan by thinking critically about the following:

  • What data and information should I collect?
  • What data collection tools should I use?

These basics will cover the different kind of data points you will need, such as identifiers and subject-related information, followed by an understanding of how easy or difficult it will be to capture certain kinds of data and how to judge the utility of the information captured. 

We will then move on to learning about the opportunities and benefits offered by mobile-based data collection as compared to paper-based data collection, such as better speed, higher accuracy, lower costs and lesser resources. This will be followed by diving deep into the different mobile-based data collection technologies, such as Interactive Voice Response System (IVRS), SMS or interactive SMS (iSMS) and smartphone based data collection apps, and evaluate the different advantages and disadvantages of each technology. 

The last section will talk about the different considerations to keep in mind while collecting data, such as the budgetary costs, technology factors and logistics around data collection. We will also learn about things to keep in mind while choosing a data partner to aid and assist in your data collection efforts. 

About SocialCops

SocialCops is a data intelligence company. Our platform brings the entire decision-making process to one place — from collecting primary data, accessing secondary data, and merging internal data to visualizing data via easy-to-use dashboards. Our data intelligence platform has powered the collection of over 250 million primary data points and aggregated over 600 data sources. 

Our platform has been used in various settings. For example, we work with India's Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas to track 50 million beneficiaries and pinpoint the exact locations for 1,0000 new LPG centers across India that will maximize profitability and impact. We also work to optimize strategic investments with Gates Foundation and Unilever, and handle real-time monitoring and tracking by Niti Aayog, BASF, World Bank, and others. 

Who is the target audience?
  • Independent researchers, field managers and program officers working in nonprofits, philanthropies, government and the development sector
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Curriculum For This Course
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Introduction To Planning For Data Collection
1 Lecture 00:59
Course Overview
00:59
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Thinking Critically About Data
6 Lectures 13:27
Introduction to the Section
00:59

What Information Is Needed
03:17

What Information Is Available
03:26

What Information Is Useful
01:23

Recap of Section
01:02

Using The Worksheet
03:20

In this quiz we look back at important concepts we learnt during the previous section about collecting information that is needed, available and useful for achieving our goal. 

Quiz - What Data To Collect?
10 questions
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Thinking Critically About Tools
5 Lectures 15:12
Introduction to the Section
01:14

Opportunities Offered by Mobile-Based Data Collection
02:48

Different Mobile-Based Data Collection Options
02:57

Important Considerations for Data Collection
05:54

Recap of Section
02:19

Read the following case and answer questions based on that.

Chandrapur is a district in Central India. It is rich in coal and limestone reserves; as well as forest cover. However, it remains historically poor and underdeveloped. The Government of Maharashtra state partnered with philanthropic organization, Tata Trusts to develop micro-targeted development plans for 290 villages.

A development plan maps the welfare needs of a region against existing welfare programs. A micro-targeted plan would map the needs for every village, and every household. For creating a micro-targeted development plan one would need to collect baseline data. This would mean surveying over 40,000 individual households in the 290 villages. Additionally, community-based educational, healthcare, and other infrastructure would have to be surveyed.

Quiz - What Tools To Use?
4 questions
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Case Study and Course Review
1 Lecture 00:38
Course - Ending
00:38
About the Instructor
SocialCops Academy
3.9 Average rating
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1,516 Students
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Using Data Intelligence for Better Decisions

SocialCops is a data intelligence company. We partner with leaders and organizations around the world to make data-driven decisions easier and more effective. 

Our platform brings the entire decision-making process to one place — from collecting primary data, accessing secondary data, and merging internal data to visualising data via easy-to-use dashboards. Our platform has been used in various settings - we work with the Ministry of Petroleum to pinpoint exact locations to open 10000 LPG Centers across India to maximise profitability and track 50 million beneficiaries, for strategic investments by Gates Foundation & Unilever to real time monitoring & tracking by Niti Aayog, BASF, World Bank etc. 

With our data intelligence platform, we have enabled collection of over 250 million primary data points and aggregated over 600 data sources.