Kobo Toolbox Training Empowers Participants to Enhance Data Collection for Sustainable Development


The University of the South Pacific (USP) Research Office is pleased to announce the successful completion of the Kobo Toolbox Training held on June 20-21, 2023. The training, funded by the Fiji Innovation Hub under the USP-UNDP collaborated Pacific Regional Innovation Network (PRIN) project, brought together participants from various fields to enhance their data collection capabilities and align their efforts with the university’s strategic plan for sustainable development.

The two-day training session, hosted at the School of Business and Management Computer lab, Laucala Campus, was facilitated by Mr Jioje Fesaitu, a highly skilled dietitian nutritionist and research assistant for the Food Securities Research Project at the Pacific Center for Environment and Sustainable Development (PaCE-SD). Mr Fesaitu, who is currently pursuing a postgraduate diploma in Climate Change, guided the participants through the practical application of Kobo Toolbox—a powerful data collection and analysis tool.

The training aimed to equip participants with the necessary skills and knowledge to leverage Kobo Toolbox effectively. The sessions focused on topics such as data collection best practices, survey design, data validation, and analysis techniques.

Participants were encouraged to actively engage in the training through hands-on exercises and collaborative discussions, allowing them to apply their newfound skills in real-world scenarios.

Aligned with the strategic goals of the University of the South Pacific, the training emphasised the importance of data-driven decision-making in the context of sustainable development. By harnessing the capabilities of Kobo Toolbox, participants gained valuable insights into collecting, managing, and analysing data to support evidence-based initiatives in areas such as environmental conservation, climate change adaptation, and socioeconomic development.

The successful training session was made possible through the support of the Fiji Innovation Hub, which aims to foster innovation and collaboration within the Pacific region. The Pacific Regional Innovation Network (PRIN) project, a joint venture between the University of the South Pacific and the United Nations Development Programme, provided the necessary resources and expertise to ensure the training’s success.

Participants appreciated the comprehensive training and Mr Fesaitu’s expert facilitation skills. They commended the interactive nature of the sessions, which allowed them to learn from one another and apply the concepts in practical exercises.

The USP Research Office, through its regional Innovation Hubs, remain committed to empowering individuals and organisations in the Pacific region with the tools and knowledge needed to advance sustainable development goals.

For Innovation Hub membership, contact Ms Shailin Mala, Innovation & Grants Development Coordinator, Research Office: shailin.mala@usp.ac.fj

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