Create Your First Survey
In the previous section, we created our first study, added a few Data Sources, and enrolled as a participant. So far, our study collects sensor data behind the scenes and uploads it to the Researcher Dashboard. In this section, we'll expand our study by adding a few surveys.
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, Matrix Reasoning
tests, or Time Use diaries.
Create New Activity, and select
Survey to create your new survey.
After creating the survey, you will be taken to the Activity Editor interface:
If you publish the survey as is, Ethica would add 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 Activity Editor, open the
Triggering Logics section, and click on the
Edit button for the existing
User Triggering Logic there:
Then modify the
Button Caption box from
New Survey Trigger to
Exercise Motivations, and save the changes.
Note that as you change your survey, it's saved automatically on the server. You
can also save it by pressing the
Save button in the top right corner.
Switch to the
Content page. You will see there is one Information question
Question ID 1.
Click on the
Edit button next to the question to start editing the question.
Then change the content of the question to:
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 image icon
on the text area toolbar to open the image selector. Upload the image you want
to add to this question. Then click
Select to choose this image. When done,
you can click on the
Save button to save the changes.
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 drag 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
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 & Publish section and click on the
Publish tab on the
left side. Then click on the
Respond to Survey As a Participant
Let's go back to our dummy participant account and check our new survey there. As we chose Ethica to update participants' 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 Motivations button to open the survey in the app. You
will see the first question and the image we added to it.
Next to 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.
Submit to finish the Survey and upload the responses.
View Participant Responses
Now let's switch back to our Researcher role, and check the response from our participant on the Researcher Dashboard. First, you need to go to the Sessions page. This page allows us to see the activity sessions participants have had so far, or are scheduled to have in the future.
On this page, you can filter the data based on
You can also select a date range, which can be set to daily, weekly, monthly, or
You can see above that participant ID 68576 has responded to survey ID 19448. You can see at what time the survey started and finished.
On this page, you can see all sessions for all participants, whether those that are already past or the upcoming ones. For each session, the page shows their status, for example, completed, blocked, expired, or canceled.
Now let's view the provided responses. On Researcher Dashboard, click on Survey Responses. On this page, we also should start by selecting the survey we want to look at.
Note that you can click on each cell of the table to see more information. For example, clicking on the first cell of each column will show more details about that user. Clicking on each cell in the next columns shows the response of the participants to each question.