Question Types

Unsupported question type

Description If a question is of a type that is not compatible with the current interviewing mode (CAPI or CAWI), then the user will see the message “Unsupported question type” and will not be able to interact with that question (enter, clear, or modify the answer). This may appear on the screen like the following: Any value that has been entered earlier is retained (for example, if a geography question was answered during a CAPI session, and then interviewing was switched to CAWI mode) and the question is considered answered or not answered accordingly.

August 4, 2022

Overview: Categorical question types

Question type/configuration Use # Selection Presentation Linked Ordered Cascading Single 1 Single radio-buttons To select from a small number of categories, such as Yes/No/Don’t know, or Urban/Rural. 2 Single combobox To select from a large number of categories, such as favorite dish, or name of the village where the person was born. 3 Single radio-buttons linked To select one of the values listed earlier, such as "Who is the head of the household?

September 13, 2021

Offline GIS Functionality Expansion

Question type earlier called area is now renamed to geography and supports capture of various geographic information: area (polygons), paths (polylines), single (point) and multiple (multipoint) on offline maps. Each selection is exported as vectors of points. This question type is now accessible from the syntax to be used in conditional and validation expressions. The following properties can be used in the syntax: double geography.Area double geography.Length int geography.PointsCount In addition, the IsAnswered() function also supports this question type now.

September 27, 2018

Validation warnings

Validation rules are an essential mechanism of improving the quality of data in CAPI surveys. However, not in all situations a check may point to a definitive problem with the data. In some cases the check may only request attention of the interviewer. In this case we are talking about warnings, rather than errors. Consider, for example, the following validation rules: In this case we are specifying that the wage must be positive, otherwise we should show an error to the interviewer.

April 2, 2018

Special values for numeric questions

Numeric questions may be enhanced with special values. For example, a numeric wage question may contain in addition to a numeric input, a selection of “minimum wage” and “last month’s wage” categories. They can be set up in the Designer by entering integer numeric codes and corresponding value labels: On a tablet, either a value should be entered, or one of the provided options may be selected (but not both):

April 2, 2018

Capturing signatures with a picture question

A picture type question can be used to capture signatures on a tablet. For this, the flag “use signature pad” should be set in the questionnaire Designer. On the tablet, a person will be able to leave a signature by writing directly on the screen: To store the signature, click the “Store signature” button. In the web mode interviews an image of the signature (picture file) can be uploaded as a file.

April 2, 2018

Audio Question

Description Audio question records sound using the tablet’s microphone. This can be used in surveys where the recording of the respondent’s voice may serve quality control purposes or be directly of interest to the researchers. Creating a audio question In Questionnaire Designer, Click on the Question Type text box. Select Audio from the list displayed. How an audio question works on a tablet To answer the question the enumerator has to:

October 12, 2017

Geography Question

Description A question of geography-type can capture various geographical information. For example, it can be used to define the exact location of the dwelling and the area of a land plot. Geography-type questions are available only on mobile devices. In web interviews the question will appear as unsupported. Geography-type questions are available only in the version of the Interviewer App with ESRI map support. While it may be possible to answer the geography questions without using the base layer imagery, for example, with the automatic mode, the work is considerably more convenient for the interviewers when a base layer is provided.

October 12, 2017

Categorical: Multi-Select Question

Description A categorical: multi-select **** question expects one or more answers to be selected from a list of possible answers (categories). The list of possible answers can either be defined before the interview or it can be created during the interview. If you are defining the categories prior to the interview you can add the categories in the design phase one at a time or by copying and pasting them from a document.

June 21, 2016

Categorical: Single-Select Question

Description A categorical: single-select question expects one answer to be selected from a list of possible answers (categories). This list can either be defined before the interview or it can be created during the interview. To define the categories beforehand, you can add them one at a time, copy and paste them from a document, or upload them from a tab-delimited file in Questionnaire Designer. To create the categories during the interview, the categorical: single-select question must belinked to a previous question (text, numeric, date) in a roster or to a roster.

June 20, 2016