Your First Survey
In the previous section, we created our first study, added a few data sources to it, and enrolled there as a participant. Our study so far collects sensor data behind the scenes and uploads it to our researcher dashboard. In this section, we expand our study by adding a few surveys to it.
To start, navigate to the Researcher Dashboard, and from the left panel click on Activities. Activities are the tasks participants are asked to do during their participation, such as surveys, cognitive tasks, or time diaries.
New Activityto create your new survey. This will take you to the Survey Editor interface:
Creating your first survey in Ethica using Survey Editor
By default, Ethica adds a button to the home screen of the participant's app, labeled
New Survey Trigger, and allows them to start the survey by tapping on it. We want to rename this button to
Exercise Motivations. So from the top part of the Survey Editor, open the
Triggering Logicssection, and click on the box for the triggering logic there:
Rename user triggering logic
Then modify the first box from
New Survey Triggerto
Exercise Motivations, and save the changes.
Note that as you change your survey, it's being saved automatically on the server. You can also save it by pressing the
Savebutton on the top right corner.
We wanted to know what motivates you to exercise every day.
We also want to add an image to our question's content. Click on the right-most icon on the text area toolbar to open the image selector:
Add an image to your question content in the Survey Editor
Upload the image you want to add to this question. Then click
Selectto choose this image. When done, you can click outside the question box to save it:
Your first question in Survey Editor
Now we want to add a new question to this section. You can choose the question from the right-side panel, labeled
New Item, and drop it below the current question. Here we want to ask participants to take a picture of what motivates them to exercise, so we will use an Image question with the following content:
Please take a picture or upload a photo of what motivates you to exercise
We now should publish our survey to allow our participants to access it. To do so, go to the
Preview & Publishsection and click on the
Publishtab on the left side. Then click on the
Publish your survey
Let's go back to our dummy participant account and check our new survey there. As we chose Ethica to update participant's devices as well during the publish, when you open the app now, you should see the button for your new survey on the home screen of the app:
If you do not see this button, just close and reopen the app and the button should appear as above.
Click on the
Exercise Motivationsbutton to open the survey in the app. You will see the first question and the image we added to it. Press
Nextto go to the second question.
In the second question, we are asked to either upload a photo from our device or take a photo with the camera:
Submitto finish the survey and upload the responses.
Now let's switch back to our Researcher role, and check the response from our participant on the Researcher Dashboard. First, from the first panel click on the Activity Sessions. This page allows us to see the activity sessions participants have had so far, or scheduled to have in the future:
Activity Sessions in Ethica Researcher Dashboard
On this page, you filter the data based on participants and activities, but here we simply check
All Activities. We also should select a date range, a maximum of 45 days. The date range can be either absolute dates, or relative to the participant's participation period. Here we choose from day 1 to 45, and click
Activity session results showing surveys completed by the participants
You can see above that participant ID 34016 responded to Survey ID 7950 and completed it. The survey was started on Nov. 19, 2020, at 6:06 am and finished at 6:09 am on the same date.
On this page, you can see all sessions for all participants, whether those that are already past or the ones that are upcoming. For each session, the page shows their status, for example, completed, expired, or canceled.
Now let's view the provided responses. From the left panel click on Survey Responses. On this page, we also should start by selecting the participants and the activities we want to look at. Select those and press
View the responded survey in Ethica researcher dashboard
Note that you can click on each cell of the table to see more information. For example, clicking on the first cell of each row will show more details about that session. Clicking on each cell on the table header shows more details about the question. And clicking on each cell within the table allows you to see more details about that response.