Professional Course in Data Capture

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

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 are central to providing quality outputs, 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.

Course Content

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Day 1

Morning

  • What is a variable?
  • Types of variables
  • What is an observation?
  • From observations to dataset?
  • Why collect data?
  • How data affect our lives
  • Practical group exercise on real life examples on how data have
  • Been used to improve lives: health and business examples

Afternoon

  • Introduction to paper questionnaires/forms/tools
  • Understanding logical sequence and skip patterns
  • Practical session
  • Understanding database systems; overview
  • Database components: forms, programmes and tables
  • Creating a small database in Epi-info/Microsoft Access
  • Capture few records in Epi-info database
  • Practical session
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Day 2

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

Morning

  • Ethical principles regarding data
  • Data capturer’s professional conduct
  • Examples of misconduct
  • Practical group exercise

Afternoon

  • Data capture skills
  • Speed typing
  • Navigating records and user interaction
  • Practical session
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Day 4

Morning

  • Practical data capture in Epi-info/Microsoft Access
  • Double data capture

Afternoon

  • Understanding data quality
  • Components of data quality
  • Data verification
  • Data quality SOP and reporting lines
  • Keeping data quality logs
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Day 5

  • Saving the captured data
  • Basic analysis: means and percentages
  • Generating reports
  • Exporting data
  • Storing the paper questionnaire/forms/tools.

Course outcomes

The course will teach participants the following:

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.

Who Should Attend?

  • Data capturers
  • Personal assistants
  • Field workers
  • Call centre agents
  • Researchers

Registration

For more details about our services contact:

Rose More
Email: [email protected]
Tel: +27 11 403 1411

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

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