While an open-source project, LimeSurvey is a mature product with all the features one would expect from surveying software. LimeSurvey features advanced question features such as auto-validation and conditional logic. It also is able to export survey results to various common data analysis packages such as R and SPSS.
For more information about LimeSurvey's advanced features, feel free to consult their online manual.
LimeSurvey can look intimidating at first (it can do a lot!) so if you have any questions or need help setting up a survey, feel free to contact the Institute Helpdesk.
LimeSurvey can be accessed at https://survey.mghihp.edu. To create a survey you must first click the login button, confirm that the authentication method is set to LDAP and enter your Mass General Brigham Username and Password.
LimeSurveys are organized into three elements: Survey, Question Groups and Questions. A Survey requires a unique name/title, and allows the user to set specific settings for each individual survey. Every survey must contain at least one Question Group. Question groups allow users to group common survey Questions together. A Question Group must contain at least one Question. Users add questions and answer options, when appropriate, to each Question Group contained in the Survey.
Groups are used to group questions in a survey. If you are going to have multiple groups, you should note that by default the survey questions will be displayed group by group (you can change that at the survey settings). Groups can also include a "description". This field allows you to publish an explanatory note for any set of questions.
Once you have created your groups, you can start adding questions within each group. When adding a question, you will be presented with a number of fields including Question Code (required), the Question, Help and a Question Type. For a complete list of the field descriptions, please visit LimeSurvey's "Field Descriptions" list.
All new questions are assigned to the Group you were viewing when you clicked "Add Question", however you can change the group the question belongs to at a later point.
You can also reference LimeSurvey's list of "Question Types" for a description of the options.
Once the survey is switched to Closed-access mode (you have enabled tokens for this survey), then only the people with a valid token code (not already used) can access the survey. For more information about closed-access mode please visit LimeSurvey's "Survey Participants" page.
For more advanced features such as editing general information along with viewing and exporting the statistics, simply click on the name of the survey to reveal the options menu.
LimeSurvey makes it easy to put together a survey very quickly. Unfortunately, that makes putting a bad survey together very easy too. "A Simple Guide to Making a Good Survey" is a great resource that will help you put together a survey which will not only be painless for your audience to answer, but will give you meaningful answers too
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