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A Guide to Question Types in the Survey Tool

here are 25 different question types available in this version of the Survey Tool, 24 of which are explained here. [The last one, the "Language Switch" type, is not relevant at this point as we are limited to using English as the survey language.]

In this reference document, the question types are divided into 4 logical categories based on their functionality:
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Single choice questions which provide only one possible entry type. (Types 1-5) List questions, which allow the user to choose one option out of many. (This section is divided into two pages: Types 6-13 and Types 14-19) Multiple option questions, which allow the user to choose more than one option by checking checkboxes. (Types 20-22) Other, which includes the ranking question type and the function that allows the survey desinger to use "boilerplate" text in your survey. (Types 23 and 24)

This can be used to garner more descriptive information from the respondent. such as a report. Typically used to ask for people’s names. .provides only one possible entry type. 1. (5 rows by default).2 Single Choice Questions (1-5) The simplest type of questions . organization names etc. you can use this question type. but allows the respondent to enter multiple lines of text. Short Free Text When a respondent is expected to provide a brief reply to your question in freeform text. this allows the respondent to enter a very large amount of text. The default is 30 rows of visible text with a scroll bar appearing if the respondent exceeds the 30 rows. 3. Huge Free Text Similar to the other “Free text” types. Long Free Text Similar to the “short free text” question type. 2.

list style questions have radio buttons where the user can select only one option. 5. These questions may also be displayed with dropdown menus.3 4. List Questions. Date Input To ask for a response in the form of a date in the format mm-dd-yyyy. Numeric Input Only numbers may be entered as a response to this question type. . Part 1 (6-13) Typically.

8. Five point choice (number 1 to 5) This is useful when you need a response based on a scale of 1 to 5 to a certain statement or question. Gender (Female. 6. they can be consolidated into arrays. Labelsets are very useful in these cases.4 Please note that when a number of these questions within a survey have the same possible answers. The other List Type options are: . Yes/No Very simple question type. allows respondent to reply to a question in yes or no. Male) To ask for a gender choice. The Survey Tool already contains some pre-designed lists. 7.

11. List (Dropdown) Provides a list of options in a dropdown menu form. Based on our experience.5 9. 10. you can “save space” by using this type of list. In this type. the respondent is given the opportunity to pick one of the given options and comment on their choice. When you have a long list. this seems to be the most commonly used question type. List (Radio) You can setup as many options as you want and even choose to have an “other” option so that respondents may enter text that is not one of your setup options. List with Comment This question type is a spin-off of the radio list type mentioned above. .

Array (10 Point choice) . Part 2 (14-19) The Array type further extends the List type. It saves repetition of instructions for similar questions and keeps the respondent focused on a certain issue while they think about the various facets of that issue. In this question type a matrix can be displayed in which columns are represented by the options in the labelsets and answers in the rows. The Survey Tool has currently 4 built-in array types: 14. Array (5 Point choice) 15. List Questions. The text of the question can be either a specific question or a description. 13. 12. the options are infinite and the Survey Tool allows the designer to choose how these should be displayed. List (Flexible Labels Radio) Similar to the List (Radio) above.6 If you want to customize and REUSE answers and use custom Labelsets. A matrix style question type can be viewed as a sequence of questions aggregated into a single entity. List (Flexible Labels Dropdown) Similar to the List (Dropdown) above.

7 16. and lets your participants respond to a series of possible answers/options using those headings. Array (Yes/No/Uncertain) 17. Array (Increase/Same/Decrease) The power of the Array type is maximized with flexible labels. An Array of Flexible Labels This allows you to select a labelset for your headings. 18. .

Array of Flexible Labels by Column The rows and columns are interchanged. . 20.8 19. Multiple Options More than one of the options can be chosen by the respondent if faced with a question of this type. this is achieved using check boxes. Multiple Option Questions (20-22) Sometimes one would like the user to enter more than one entry for the same question.

issues. . This is a great question type to get brief feedback about similar items.9 21. Multiple Options with Comments The respondent can make a comment about each of their choices. Multiple Short Text Respondents are invited to comment about each option presented to them. 22.

A scissor icon appears next to each ranked item so that the respondent can rearrange the ranking. The choices that you provide to the respondent (on the left) have to be ranked (on the right). Clicking on any item in the left column moves that item to the next empty spot in the right column. There are no answer fields to this question type. . 24.10 "Other" Question Types (23 and 24) 23. Boilerplate This question type is really not a question. It just allows you to insert text into your survey at any spot that you want. Ranking This is a very interactive question type from a respondent’s point of view. This could be to explain something or provide some instructions to the respondent.