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CSPro for Computer-Assisted Personal Interviewing (CAPI)

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About This Course

Computer-assisted personal interviewing (CAPI) can help deliver on the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) agenda by providing more timely updates on the progress towards the indicators embedded within the SDGs. The benefits of CAPI include improved accuracy, faster access to data and analysis, the ability to capture geo-tagged video and audio files, and lesser paper to deal with when working with surveys.

This course will guide students through the questionnaire design and implementation for one of the leading CAPI platforms, CSPro or Census and Survey Processing System. CSPro is a free software package developed by the US Census Bureau, primarily for the editing, processing, and dissemination of census and survey data. It has been used by the United States Agency for International Development and the United Nations Children’s Fund for implementing Demographic and Health Survey in over 90 countries and the Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey in over 100 countries, respectively. In some countries, it has even been used for Population and Housing Census. CSPro is intended to be relatively straightforward to use and learn, yet capable and comprehensive enough to handle complex functions. The platform supports data collection on Android devices.

In the end, this course aims to equip students with the ability to use CSPro to design and implement a sample questionnaire. Students will then be able to take those same tools and techniques and apply them in areas of interest in their own fields.

This course is a collaboration between the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations-Regional Office For Asia and the Pacific (FAO RAP) towards mainstreaming CAPI globally for better data quality.

The videos come along with subtitles in English, which the students can also download. Subtitles in other languages shall also be made available in the coming weeks and will be announced in the course site.

Students who achieve a total score of 75% and higher on the exercises and quizzes will be given an online (PDF) certificate.


Prior experience with field surveys is helpful but not required. Familiarity with spreadsheets particularly MS Excel is assumed. Students should have a PC, an Android tablet, and Wi-Fi/internet connectivity.

Course Staff

Lachlan Bruce

Lachlan Bruce — Instructor

Lachlan Bruce is a social research consultant specializing in CAPI survey technology and methods with 10 years experience in market and social research. Lachlan has also worked on implementing CAPI projects across Asia with organizations such as the Asian Development Bank, United Nations, and the World Bank. He also has experience in working alongside national statistics offices, providing them guidance and training on transitioning from paper-based data collection methods to computer-assisted personal interviewing. Lachlan holds a Graduate Certificate in Policy and Applied Social Research, Bachelor of Laws, and a Bachelor of Commerce.

Anna Christine Durante

Anna Christine Durante — Course Assistant

Anna Christine Durante has been involved in the Asian Development Bank’s projects related to improving agricultural and rural statistics. She participated in conducting several capacity building activities on data collection including the pilot implementation of a crop cutting survey using computer-assisted personal interviewing in Lao People’s Democratic Republic and Viet Nam in 2017. She has a degree in Agricultural Engineering from the University of the Philippines Los Baños and is currently completing her master’s degree in Environment and Natural Resources Management. Prior to joining the Asian Development Bank, she worked on agricultural policies and development assistance programs at the Philippine Department of Agriculture.

Jude David Roque

Jude David Roque — Course Assistant

Jude David Roque is a consultant at the Asian Development Bank, working particularly on economic development indicators and policy research. At the Asian Development Bank, he has worked on Sustainable Development Goals indicators and Philippine education. More recently, he contributed to a special report that highlights the role of technology in improving agricultural statistics in Asia and the Pacific. Prior to joining the Asian Development Bank, Jude obtained a master’s degree in Economic History at the London School of Economics.

Samantha Joy Cinco

Samantha Joy Cinco — Course Assistant

Samantha Joy Cinco is a consultant at the Asian Development Bank, primarily working on GVC indicators and research on the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on the tourism sector of Asia Pacific economies. She has a bachelor's degree in Economics from the University of the Philippines Diliman and a master's degree in Public Economics from Leuphana University Lüneburg. Prior to joining the Asian Development Bank, Sam worked on the evaluation of infrastructure projects at the Philippines National Economic and Development Authority.

Frequently Asked Questions

Does this course use CSPro or Survey Solutions?

This course uses CSPro. Check out the our companion course here to learn about Survey Solutions.

What is an online course?

It is a course in which learning and student engagement happens over the internet. This course utilizes an online platform called OpenedX, which connects students to video lectures, assignments, as well as discussion boards where students can interact with each other and the instructors.

What kind of time commitment is required?

On average, an online course would require approximately 3-5 hours a week, including the watching of video lectures and the completion of assignments.

How long will the course take?

The course will run over a eight-week period from 15 March to 07 May 2021. There will be eight modules in this course. All module will be released on 15 March. Exercises and Quizzes should be completed with their respective modules, but the final due date is 08 May 2021 (UTC 11:59), the final day. Please don’t wait until the end!

Are there minimum system requirements to take this course?

The students are expected to have access to a computer with specification of at least 512mb RAM. Throughout the course, there will be assessments using mobile devices, thus, the students are expected to have access to Android mobile device with at least 1GB of free space, 1.5GB RAM and Android system 4.4 or higher. Unfortunately, both CSPro data entry and Survey Solutions Interviewer application does not run on iOS.

What web browser should I use?

The Open edX platform works best with current versions of Chrome, Firefox or Safari, or with Internet Explorer version 11 and above.

See our list of supported browsers for the most up-to-date information.

Do I need to buy any additional resources or materials to participate?

No, lecture videos, assignments, and other course materials are provided at no additional charge. Meanwhile, the course will guide you through the installation of the CAPI software in question, CSPro and Survey Solutions, which are also free of charge.

How will I be graded or assessed? What about certificates?

Each module is composed of lecture videos, short exercises in between, and end-of-module quiz. The students are assessed based on these short exercises and module quizzes. Those scoring at least 75% or greater on the exercises and quizzes will receive a online (pdf) certificate of completion.

Will I lose access to the course site the day after the course ends?

No, you will be able to revisit the site for the foreseeable future so that you can review readings, discussion forum, and other course materials. However, no assessments may be submitted after the course end date and the set deadlines.

Who can I contact if I have any questions regarding the course material?

The course has a built-in forum for the students to engage with instructors and other students. You can post any relevant concerns/questions about the course (and beyond!) and we will endeavor to promptly answer all. Other course related concerns not intended for the discussion forum should be emailed to