Setting up a survey

QUAMP Survey distinguishes between survey projects and surveys. First, choose Survey Projects in the main menu Survey Management. For our sample survey we first create a new survey project. To do so, select Create Survey Project. On the following page enter the name "Sample survey" and confirm with Save. Now switch into the newly created survey project by clicking on its title "Sample survey".

Next, we will create a survey in our example project. To do so, select Create Survey. On the following page you can define the settings of the survey. Don't be put off by the amount of settings options and just enter "Online survey" as title. Then confirm with Create Survey. In the overview you will now see a new survey named "Online survey" with a survey period of 30 days from today.

Adding questions

In the survey overview of our sample project, click on the icon Edit questionnaire. The following page shows an overview of all questions as movable blocks. In the selection box -- Question type -- choose Single-choice question. The question overview now shows a new question block. To edit all question details later, click on the icon Edit question

First we want to assign a question text. To do so, click on Enter question text and enter "What is your gender? Then confirm and click Ok. Next, we want to setup two possible answers. In the answer options column enter "2" in the input field and confirm with Add select item. Now assign the texts "male" and "female" for the answers by clicking on "new selection", enter the text and confirm with Ok. By clicking on "Question Preview", a preview the question, as it appears in the questionnaire, is shown. Select Questionnaire Preview in the Questionnaire Preview toolbar to view the entire questionnaire at a glance.

Inviting participants

Next, we want to invite participants to our survey. Since this is an online survey, we only need to provide the potential participants with the link to the online questionnaire. In our example we decide to send an invitation e-mail. QUAMP offers the possibility to manage and send those messages.

Switch to the surveys overview of our example project by selecting Surveys in the upper menu Survey Management. In the column Sample click on the icon Invite participants.

The following page shows an overview of all messages that belong to our survey. Click on Compose message. The following form behaves like a webmail interface that you have probably used before. Select Survey: Invitation as event type. For the first test, enter your e-mail address in the Recipients field. Comma, semicolon, space and line breaks are supported as separators. Tip: If you manage your potential participants in a spreadsheet, simply copy and paste the whole column with e-mail addresses to the Recipients field of the form. Enter a Subject and a Message text.

To have a personal questionnaire link inserted in the e-mail of each recipient, the message text must contain a placeholder. Click on Show placeholders above the form and copy the placeholder {survey_url}. Insert the placeholder where ever you want the questionnaire link to appear. Finally confirm with Save and show recipients.

The following page shows the Recipients overview. Here you can check the syntax of e-mail addresses and correct if necessary, filter recipients by response status, send e-mail to certain recipients only and reset or delete invitation and the data set of certain participants.

Creating a reminder message

One or tow weeks after sending the invitation e-mail, it may be time to remind those participants who have not yet participated or aborted the survey. To create a reminder message, we will proceed as follows:

  1. Switch to the message overview. In the Events column find the Create Sub Message icon. On click we create a new message associated with the original message.
  2. In the Recipient column find a select box Recipient filters. Select "not started or aborted" and click on the icon above "Set recipients by filtering the root email recipients". QUAMP now goes through the list of the original recipients and includes those participants in the reminder message who have not yet started or aborted the survey.
  3. Change the event type, the subject and the text of the reminder message as desired.
  4. When you have checked everything accordingly, send the reminder e-mail by clicking on Send message or change message status to Out box to have it sent within the next 5 minutes.

Downloading a standard results report

Even before the end of the survey period, you have the possibility to view the current results and to download and save various reports. Without any action on your part, a Standard report is available, which contains frequencies tables as well as charts for all questions. To download this report as a PDF file, switch over to the Surveys overview and click on Download results report as PDF file in the Results column. We will have a deeper look at creating reports in another tutorial.

Exporting survey data

To backup survey data and, if necessary, perform further analyses with statistics packages such as Stata, SPSS or R, we have the option of Exporting the data. The available output formats are MS Excel and CSV (text). For a comfortable transfer of the whole data and codebook including variable names, value labels, missing values etc., QUAMP Survey offers corresponding import scripts. To download an archive holding all these files click on Download survey data and import scripts as ZIP file in the Survey data column.

Conclusion

I hope that I could give you an quick and easy introduction to QUAMP Survey with this "lightning course". Contact us for questions, suggestions and your feedback!

The QUAMP Survey Team!