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Performing a survey is one thing; surveying that yields useful insights is quite another. Question kinds, dissemination, testing, and so on. There’s a lot to remember.
Fortunately, we designed a helpful survey test checklist that will guide you through every step of the process. It’s now up to you. Follow these instructions, check them off as you go, and you’ll have the ideal survey.
To get you started, here’s a checklist for testing the survey, complete with an explanation of each main category of survey parts to look for:
In test mode, go through each page of your survey, and ensure that all questions load swiftly and accurately. All text and pictures should be displayed in their entirety and not abbreviated. The images should fit every mobile device.
Check that all display buttons work properly and that the survey may go ahead (and possibly backward) as intended.
When you’re nearly ready to launch, run through the survey at an excruciatingly slow rate to ensure that all wording perfectly fits the questions. Check the question text, the response text, and any directions. Ensure that any answer option lists you have in the questions are uniform throughout the survey.
You can also refer to “How to write survey questions” for further tips.
At the level of each question, various programming standards must be checked separately. Make sure that the response possibilities are random. Check to see whether they are intended to rotate instead. Rows defined as exclusive should uncheck any other rows that have been chosen.
Review all text piping. Ensure the specifications that are necessary against those that are not required.
Examine what is permitted in open-ended text and numeric boxes, including any range constraints or validation processes.
Quota controls, survey pathways, skip functionality, and other features are examples of these. Many of these aspects are difficult to verify individually, one question at a time, but are simple to verify using aggregate data from a random data generator.
Run this to ensure that every skip and given limitation works as expected. Make a note of each component for your survey test checklist and mark the box when you’re finished.
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Another essential step in the survey test checklist is to ensure that you have added correct answer options.
Are you including all potential responses to your queries, or should you include a “Not relevant” option? By not providing all possible answer alternatives, your respondents may feel obligated to choose an answer option at random to your question, providing you with inaccurate data.
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Examine all of your skip logic’s available pathways! Programming errors might direct responses to the wrong page, compromising your data. We’ve even seen logic flaws lead respondents into an unending loop, leaving no option to “exit” the survey.
Consider if it makes sense for everyone who replies to your survey to answer every single question if you haven’t employed skip logic. Add skip logic to seamlessly direct respondents across the survey.
Randomization is an effective method for removing order bias. Consider whether your questions might benefit from having either the response alternatives or the randomized questions.
Just a friendly reminder! Make sure to include the survey finish page before you begin testing the online version of your survey (AKA the survey thank you page).
“Thank you for participating in our survey!”
The idea is that testing a survey should entail more than simply running it through a few times once it has been programmed. It should be submitted to a highly rigorous assessment using a checklist on numerous devices (yes, even a phone), and in multiple browsers.
It must be a concentrated, time-consuming, and intentional process, and the purpose of a survey test checklist is to protect you from becoming sidetracked with too many items to check! Work your way through the list one item at a time, from the beginning to the finish of the survey, then go on to the next item and repeat the process.
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Next time double-check that you’ve gone through this survey test checklist and accomplished all 11 items! Once you’ve completed your last modifications, you’re ready to begin collecting data!
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