Surveys are a great tool for asking questions and getting immediate feedback
or results. They can be used for polling, voting or association wide
questionnaires. They can also be used to add a little fun to you website.
Surveys, unlike online forms, are always "Live" or available to the public and
are displayed as a menu page on the Association or Home page. Online forms
should be used if you are creating a questionnaire that you would like to be
closed to the public or on a particular menu tab.
Once you have selected "Surveys" from the menu choices on the Admin page, the
"Poll Center" form will be displayed. From this page you can clone, edit,
delete or test an existing survey, as well as add a new survey. Optionally, you
can view, clear or download the results of an existing survey.
Once you have chosen to add a new survey or edit an existing one, the
resulting page is the "Poll Information" form. On this page, you will enter some
basic information about you survey.
This is the name of your survey.
This will appear on the Survey List page (if you have multiple active surveys)
as well as at the top of the survey itself.
This should be a
brief description of the survey. The description can be used to give
instructions or state the purpose of the survey.
- Open Date:
This is the date that you
would like the survey to become visible to the public and the starting date
for results to be counted. If no date is entered, the survey will not appear
on the Survey List page. Note: If the date is left blank, the Admin will still
see the survey on the "Poll Center" list for editing, but it will not visible
to the public.
- Close Date:
This is the end date for
the survey. No results will be tabulated after this date.
At the bottom of the form, there are two check boxes. The first, if checked
will limit one vote per internet connection. If unchecked, participants can vote
numerous time. The second box, when checked, will allow participants to view
results immediately after answering the survey. When unchecked, results will be
available only from the Admin page.
After the Poll Information form has completed, click the
"Continue" button at the bottom of the form. The resulting page, titled
"Question List", will allow you to add a new question (by clicking on
the icon), delete an existing question (by
clicking on the X)
or edit an existing question (by clicking on the name of the question). You can
also preview the survey by clicking on "Preview the poll..." selection.
Once you have chosen to add a new question or edit an existing one, the
resulting form, titled "Define Question", is where you will enter the question
and its answer choices.
This field is for design
reference only. The entry here will only be seen by the Admin when editing or
adding to the survey. The default for this field is "Q#", with # being the
number of the question.
When this selection is
checked, the participant must answer the question to complete the survey. If
unchecked, the participant may skip the question.
This is the question that
you are defining on this form.
These are the choices that
participants will be able to choose from. One answer is allowed per line and
should be separated by pressing enter after each choice to go to the next
answer choice. You may have as many answer choices as you would
After entering the answer choices, you may optionally use the
check boxes that follow:
When checked, the
answer choices will be in random order each time a participant answers a
survey. This selection can be used along with any of the following
multiple answers can be selected to answer questions. If unchecked, only one
answer may be given for the question. This selection cannot be checked along
with the "Ranking" box
This selection will
allow participants to rank the answer choices in the order of their
preference. This selection cannot be checked along with the "Multi-select"
This entry will allow participants to enter a
free form text answer. This can be used along with any of the previous
- Numeric Scale:
This will allow users
to enter their answer on a numeric scale. For example, you can ask a question
allow the user to answer on a scale of 1 to 5 (or any parameters you set), 1
being the worst (lowest) and 5 being the best (highest). This can be helpful
if you're using the survey to rate performance.
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