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            Types of Basic Questions

            There are several different types of questions that can be created in a survey.

            1.  Multiple Choice Format Question: This enables participants to select one choice among multiple different choices. This is also often used for Likert-type or frequency rating scales (e.g., "strongly agree" to "strongly disagree"; "not at all" to "very often").

            2. Checkbox Question: This allows participants to select multiple options in their response.

            3. Text Question: This allows participants to see text on a single screen. This is often used by researchers to include instructions or a "Consent Form" agreement.

            This question type may also be used to capture text information from participants (e.g., qualitative text information).

            Select the format of the response you would like from participants.

            4. Multimedia Capture Question: This question type allows participants to provide photo, video, or voice data. Researchers often use this to capture information about the environment that participants are in, or use it to obtain lengthy audio recordings instead of having participants type responses. Researchers can choose from the dropdown of the "Input Type" to select image, video, or audio data.

            5. Rating "Stars" Question: This question type enables participants to choose the number of "stars" when rating something (e.g., event, movie, restaurant, etc.). Researchers simply specify the number of stars they want the rating system to be based upon (e.g., 4 stars, 5 stars, 7 stars, etc.). Participants can give half-star ratings as well (e.g., 3.5 stars). 

            6. Instruction Question: As the name implies, this allows researchers to include instructions or consent form information. This is similar to "Text Question"; however, unlike "Text Question," participants aren't given the option to respond. This is a form of read-only content.

            7. Dropdown Question: The dropdown question enables participants to view and choose one option from a long list of options (e.g., countries, age in years, etc.) from a dropdown options box.

            8. Branching Forced Choice Question: This is a more complicated question type; it allows researchers to enable forced choice responses in a two-step process.

            For example:

            Step 1. Have participants choose between two statements, such as "I enjoy meeting new people" and "I dislike meeting new people."
            Step 2. The statement chosen (e.g., "I enjoy meeting new people") will be presented along with the options "Always" or "Usually."

            (See video for further information: https://youtu.be/OTXeDcfcyA0)

            This can be changed to compare two different attributes among participants. For example, choose between "I am kind" and "I am a team player." Further gradation can be made on the specific attribute.

            9. Counter QuestionThis provides a way for researchers to capture behavioral occurrences within a specific time period. For example, how often you give your child an instruction and how many times they obey, sampled in a 5-minute window.

            Within the mobile app, participants will be able to use the "+" button to toggle the number of times the behaviors occurred. The example depicts the choices "Gave instruction" and "Child obeyed." In this case, a participant gave instruction 4 times and the child obeyed 1 time. This is displayed in the numbers in the parentheses.

            10. Scale Question: The scale question is used when researchers are interested in a sliding scale format with two end points (from unhappy—happy or unsatisfied—satisfied, for example).

            Mobile app view of the scale question type:

            11. Grid QuestionThe grid, or matrix, question type serves as a way to display multiple questions across a scale under the umbrella of the same prompt. This question type limits participant fatigue by streamlining the question series, rather than making separate dropdown or multiple choice options for each question.

            The grid question type also provides additional customization features:

            Forced Choice: Restricts the participant to selecting only one answer per column.
            Use Weights: Allows researchers to assign values to the question columns; can be used to create a score for the question, which is shown in the downloadable data file. 
            Require Response: Requires participants to respond to the questions before they can proceed.
            Mobile app view of the grid question type:

            Updated: 27 Dec 2019 07:03 AM
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