Version 23.09

September 13, 2023

Release of version 23.09 of Survey Solutions has a number of user interface improvements and bug fixes. Here are the changes that the users must be aware:

Administrator users can get straight to the workspace settings from within a workspace, without having to get to the list of workspaces first. The Diagnostics submenu of the main menu was renamed to Settings. The menu items for Workspace settings and Email providers was added to the Settings sub-menu of the main menu. The same items are retained in the context menu for workspace records in the list of the workspaces (as was the only way in the previous versions).

Action buttons were added to questionnaires and assignments details pages and the interview review page.

Questionnaire details page was enhanced with a new questionnaire action menu in the top-right corner:

  • This menu provides access to the common actions that the HQ or admin user may do on a questionnaire - such as create new assignments or set up a web survey. The functionality of the actions in this menu replicates the same functionality accessible in the context menu in the list of the questionnaires page.

  • Assignment details page now has an assignment action button for common actions on an assignment. This menu includes the items replicating the actions available in the assignment context menu in the assignments page.

  • Interview review page was enhanced with a new interview actions button that provides access to the common actions the reviewer may want to do on an interview, such as reassign or switch the interview mode (CAPI/CAWI). The functionality of the actions in this menu replicates the same functionality accessible in the context menu in the list of the interviews page.

The workspaces page was enhanced with a search box for quick filtering workspaces. The search happens both in the name and display name fields and matches anywhere (in the beginning, middle, or in the end). The search is not case sensitive.

Assignment history is now augmented to show the tablet ID. When the assignment was received on a tablet, the identifier of the device is displayed in the details of this event. This helps understanding what device has actually received the assignment in case of troubleshooting or forensic investigations.

GDAL installation is now optional for the use of digital maps in GeoTiff file format. If you are using maps in geotiff format and have had compatibility or security issues before, you no longer have to install the GDAL tools to support Survey Solutions. Still we recommend to validate the files locally, before uploading them to Survey Solutions server to make sure the files are not corrupt. If the GDAL tool is not installed and the geotiff file is corrupt the server will accept it on upload, and the file corruption fact will be established only later when the file is delivered to the interviewer to be used in the Interviewer App (resp. to the supervisor to be used in the Supervisor App).

Calculated variables can now be seen in the WebTester. A new button introduced in the WebTester’s toolbar allows displaying calculated variables during testing sessions. In the earlier versions this was available only to the users of the Tester Android App on mobile devices. Now users testing the questionnaires in the web mode can also see the calculation results (when this mode is active - indicated by a checkbox on the corresponding button).

Event timestamps in paradata now contain information with milliseconds precision. This will allow more precise measurement of the time when the event has occurred and the duration of time between the different events in the paradata stream. Mind however, that the clock settings on most devices will not be accurately set to milliseconds precision, so comparing timestamps across different devices is valid only in special cases.

Paradata export archive now has additional identification files. The two files export__readme.txt and export__info.json provide information about the version of the software producing the paradata, the title and identifier of the questionnaire. The text file presents this information in a form of a human-readable text, while the JSON file contains it in a form more intended for processing with automated tools/scripts.

Assignment color update. The color associated with assignments used to be gray in the dashboard and yellow in the map dashboard (where gray color is often not distinctly visible) of the Android Interviewer App. A single purple color has now replaced them to denote assignments in both dashboard views.

PDF transcripts of interviews no longer contain preloaded values of hidden questions, since these values were not provided by the respondents.

Other interface changes included:

  • removal of the questionnaire title in web-interviews where it appeared twice (once on the toolbar and once on the cover page);
  • using one cover page instead of two in the Interviewer App (earlier versions presented editable and read-only versions of the cover page separately);
  • adding supervisor’s name to the drop down list of responsible users (missing in earlier versions);
  • adding questionnaire title to the questionnaire details page (more prominently).

Alert: Android 7.0 or more recent is required for this version!