CSPro for Computer-Assisted Personal Interviewing (CAPI) ADBx

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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 ADB and FAO 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. Meanwhile, a hand-signed printed certificate will be rewarded to those who have opted to complete the Final Project that requires the programming of a questionnaire.


Prior experience with field surveys is helpful but not required. Familiarity with spreadsheets particularly MS Excel is assumed. Students should have a PC and an Android tablet.

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.

Anthony Burgard

Anthony Burgard — Co-Instructor

Anthony Burgard is a consultant on statistics at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) working with countries in the Asia and Pacific region to provide training and technical assistance on the implementation of cost-effective technologies used for the collection of national agricultural censuses and surveys. He brings specific experiences on questionnaire design, computer-assisted interviewing application development, field operations monitoring and case management systems, data processing, tabulation and analysis. He holds degrees in Economics from the University of California at Berkeley and Chulalongkorn University; and has held previous consultancies with the World Bank and other United Nations organizations.

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.

Community Mentors

Meet last year's outstanding students in the CAPI course who will participate this year as mentors.

May Myint Bo

May Myint Bo

May Myint Bo works as a staff officer at the Department of Population, Ministry of Labor, Immigration and Population of Myanmar. She handles data processing and tabulation related to censuses and surveys. She has a Master of Science degree in Information Technology from King Mongkut’s University of Technology North Bangkok in Thailand.

Roshini Abeyesekera

Roshini Abeyesekera

Roshini Abeyesekera works as a Statistical Officer at the Department of Census and Statistics of Sri Lanka.

Samuel Nogbou

Samuel Nogbou

M. NOGBOU Samuel Nogbou works at the Department of Statistics and Informatics of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Côte d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast) in West Africa. He has a master's degree in Agriculture Statistics from the Institute of Statistics and Applied Economist in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire and a degree in Rural Engineering from the School of Rural Equipment Engineers in Ouagadougou, Burkina-Faso.

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 weekly 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. For those completing the optional Final Project, an additional 10-20 hours is likely to be required.

How long will the course take?

The course will run over a nine-week period from 15 June to 14 August 2020. There will be eight modules in this course. All module will be released on 15 June. Exercises and Quizzes should be completed with their respective modules, but the final due date is 14 August 2020, 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, module quizzes and a final assessment at the end of module 8. Those scoring at least 75% or greater on the exercises and quizzes will receive a online (pdf) certificate of completion. Those satisfactorily completing the optional (yet highly recommended!) Final Project will receive a hand-signed printed certificate.

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 capi@adb.org.

  1. Course Number

  2. Classes Start

    Jun 15, 2020
  3. Classes End

    Aug 14, 2020
  4. Estimated Effort

    3~5 hours/week