Survey Software Data Management II

Posted on : March 28, 2017 - by :

This blog continues the discussion of data management started in the previous blog. Another ability some survey software users need is to perform mathematical transformations on their data.  For example, they may want to add up the answers to several questions to produce a total.  Or they may wish to find the difference between two Read More…

Survey Software Data Management

Posted on : March 16, 2017 - by :

Most survey programs, and nearly all cloud offerings, collect answers, but have very few tools to manipulate the data once collected. Instead they rely on letting you use other tools, if you want to clean or manipulate the data in any way. The most sophisticated survey software includes extensive data management, checking and manipulating abilities. Read More…

Web Survey Software Panel Features

Posted on : February 28, 2017 - by :

The most sophisticated web survey software lets you maintain panels of respondents you wish to be able to invite to take multiple surveys. The first ability you will need is the ability to add people to your panel. A good tool will let you import a list of people you have from some other source, Read More…

Using Quotas with Survey Software II

Posted on : February 15, 2017 - by :

The most basic quotas look at one question and let you specify how many people giving each answer to that question you want to include in your final sample. For example, you might decide you want 480 men and 520 women. More sophisticated survey software lets you base a quota on a combination of the Read More…

Using Quotas with Survey Software I

Posted on : January 30, 2017 - by :

When you do a survey you almost always want the answers you receive to reflect those that would be given by a larger group of people, if you are able to ask all of them. For example, if you are trying to do gauge national public opinion about a proposed change to Social Security, you Read More…

Web Survey Software Appearance Options

Posted on : January 19, 2017 - by :

One of the key considerations when using web survey software is how your online questionnaire will look. You almost always want it to look both professional and engaging. You also want it to be easy to answer. The more sophisticated programs give you many choices as to how you reach those goals. You convey professionalism Read More…

Survey Software Logic III

Posted on : January 12, 2017 - by :

An earlier blog covered some of the basic kinds of logic you can use to modify which questions appear and how they appear based on answers to earlier questions. Most programs offer basic skip logic (some call this feature “branching,” rather than skipping).  In this basic instruction, the program will check the answer to the Read More…

Survey Tools For Different Data Collection Methods

Posted on : December 31, 2016 - by :

There are several basic questionnaire data collection methods. The most popular today is online, with questions presented on a Web page. A much less frequent variation is to have questions presented in an email. Some very simple surveys use text messages. The gold standard in survey research is telephone interviewing. Another option is in-person interviewing. Read More…