Professional course in Data Capture

All 5 days only R9,800.00 (Excl. VAT) per delegate

Mon 19th – Fri 23rd Feb (5 days) | Johannesburg, South Africa

Mon 17th – Fri 21st Sept (5 days) | Johannesburg, South Africa

About this course

All organisations – including research, teaching, profit, governmental and non-governmental organisations – use data to improve the quality of their work and service. Research and development is central in quality and development, and data is the most important component of that process. The quality of research findings, services offered and development that ensues depends of the quality of data used.

While many organisations spend resources in hiring and training data analysts and senior researchers, the same cannot be said about junior staff that collect and capture the data. This is mostly because there are no organisations in South Africa that offer formalised training in data capture. Yet the quality of analysis and research findings depends on the quality of data analysed. The Centre for Statistical Analysis and Research (CESAR) is filling this gap by creating a short Data Capturer Course.


Among other outcomes, this course will teach participants:

  • Meaning of data; from observations to datasets
  • Variables and types
  • Uses of data
  • Why data quality?
  • Components of data quality
  • Data quality SOPs
  • Data quality reporting lines
  • How to ensure data quality
  • Understanding database systems
  • Learning to create simple databases in Microsoft Access
  • Learning to create simple databases in Epi-Info software
  • How to verify the quality of captured data – percentage check and double entry
  • Executing data compare to pick up errors.
  • Professionalism and data handling and ethics
  • Data capture skills and speed typing
  • Data export
  • Basic data analysis
  • Real life examples of data for action

This course will include a fine blend of theory, group practical sessions
and assignments. It is a course all data capturers and data professionals
should attend.

Course Content

Day 1 -Morning
1. What is a variable?
2. Types of variables
3. What is an observation?
4. From observations to dataset?
5. Why collect data?
6. How data affect our lives
7. Practical group exercise on real life examples on how data have
8. Been used to improve lives: health and business examples

1. Introduction to paper questionnaires/forms/tools
2. Understanding logical sequence and skip patterns
3. Practical session
4. Understanding database systems; overview
5. Database components: forms, programmes and tables
6. Creating a small database in Epi-info/Microsoft Access
7. Capture few records in Epi-info database
8. Practical session

Day 2
1. Understanding database systems; overview
2. Database components: forms, programmes and tables
3. Creating a small database in Epi-info/Microsoft Access
4. Capture few records in Epi-info database
5. Practical session

Day 3 -Morning
1. Ethical principles regarding data
2. Data capturer’s professional conduct
3. Examples of misconduct
4. Practical group exercise

1. Data capture skills
2. Speed typing
3. Navigating records and user interaction
4. Practical session

Day 4 – Morning
1. Practical data capture in Epi-info/Microsoft Access
2. Double data capture
1. Understanding data quality
2. Components of data quality
3. Data verification
4. Data quality SOP and reporting lines
5. Keeping data quality logs

Day 5
1. Saving the captured data
2. Basic analysis: means and percentages
3. Generating reports
4. Exporting data
5. Storing the paper questionnaire/forms/tools.

The course will teach participants the following:

  • An introduction to qualitative research
  • Strengths and weaknesses of qualitative research
  • Key data collection methods
  • Process of drafting data tools
  • Data synthesis
  • Data analysis and interpretation
  • Qualitative data quality
Who Should attend
  • Researchers
  • Data capturers
  • Personal assistants
  • Field workers
  • Call centre agents

For more details about our services contact:

Rose More
Tel: +27 11 403 1411 / +27 72 509 1861

Price Includes
  • Course attendance
  • Full refreshments: lunch
  • Welcome tea
  • Two breaks for tea including pastries
  • Course lecture notes and training manual
  • Complimentary parking
  • Certificate of attendance