Vecon Lab Questionnaire/Survey Program

Overview: This program lets you set up a series of questions that respondents can complete online. There is a flexible array of question types from which to choose. The setup is secure and can be used for web-based surveys, evaluations, waiting lists, admission applications, and conference registration. Results are stored in a database, and can be viewed in various formats (as a list or in a table with aggregate results). Blocks of data (coded or uncoded) can be extracted easily into spreadsheet programs for subsequent analysis.

Display Options for Viewing Results:

  • Revisions: The view screens let you review and revise questions, with no risk of losing existing response data.

  • Tabular Display: You can decide how to organize the data: by respondent with a list of question titles and answers, or in a tabular form where each respondent is a row and each answer title is a column.

  • Formatting: A reversible truncation feature lets you tailor the data and improve the readability of a summary data table.

  • Omitting Responses: The results pages let you hide and restore all answers from selected respondents, e.g. to omit data used in testing or data from unauthorized respondents.

  • Messages: You may send a message at any time that will appear in red at the top of the respondents' submit screens.

  • Aggregate Results: For questions with multiple options, the tabular display also reports aggregate numbers of responses for each answer option.

  • Ratings: There is an optional rating scale (from 1 to 3) that lets you rate and rank the responders, e.g. to decide which applicants will be accepted, rejected, or wait-listed. Responses can be ordered by rating or by submission time.

  • Extracting Data: The Create Data Table links generate unformatted blocks of data with column headings (separated by spaces), which can be copied and pasted into a spreadsheet program. The data blocks either are generated using wording from selected answers or from the coded number of the response option, so coding is automatic.

Questionnaire Setup Options:

  • Question types: text boxes, "radio" buttons, "check boxes" (choose one or more non-exclusive answers, drop-down lists for questions with many options, horizontal rating scales, readings (text paragraphs and URL links with no specific question) that may serve as the basis for subsequent questions.
  • Page Setup: questions are presented on separate pages to be answered one at a time; you control the location on each page.
  • Answer Options: you specify which questions must be answered and which are optional.
  • Titles: You will be asked to provide a short title for each question (for concise data displays) and a title (for the top of each page seen by respondents). In addition, you may provide welcome and closing statements, which can be used for instructions and to tell respondents about when or how results will be made available.

    To set up a survey or questionnaire, you will need your Veconlab "session name." You will be given a new session name for this questionnaire (as explained on the next page), so that you can continue to use your current one to run classroom experiments without interfering with the questionnaire process. The people who log in to complete the questionnaire will use your new questionaire session name.

    Vecon Lab - June 3, 2020