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Survey Tools

Survey Tools

Oakland University has access to several different services for collecting survey data.  The table compares these tools. 

FeatureQualtricsGoogle Docs Free Forms TemplateSurvey Monkey Pro Fee-based
SubscriptionNo cost to the department; unlimited site license for use by anyone with a NetID.  Click QUALTRICS to access.Free templatesDepartmental purchase, with monthly or annual subscriptions.
Number of SurveysUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited
Questions per SurveyUnlimitedUp to 255 (number of rows available)Unlimited
Question Types
  • Multiple choice (one answer)
  • Multiple choice (multiple answers)
  • Matrix of choices (one answer per row)
  • Matrix of choices (multiple answer per row)
  • Matrix of drop-down menus
  • Rating scale
  • Single text box
  • Comment / Essay
  • Numerical text box
  • Demographic information (US)
  • Demographic information (International)
  • Date / Time
  • Image
  • Descriptive test
  • Text
  • Paragraph text
  • Multiple choice
  • Check boxes
  • Choose from a list
  • Scale
  • Grid
  • Multiple choice (one answer)
  • Multiple choice (multiple answers)
  • Matrix of choices (one answer per row)
  • Matrix of choices (multiple answer per row)
  • Matrix of drop-down menus
  • Rating scale
  • Single text box
  • Comment / Essay
  • Numerical text box
  • Demographic information (US)
  • Demographic information (International)
  • Date / Time
  • Image
  • Descriptive test
TemplatesUnlimited templatesUnlimited: Available on Web or custom creationsBranded surveys and URLs
LanguageAny, including UnicodeYou can change settings in Google Docs for Unicode.  You can download free US international keyboardAny, including Unicode
Prebuilt Survey ThemesYes9515
Validate / Require Survey ResponsesYesYesYes
Randomize / Sort Answer ChoicesYesGoogle Help Provides SolutionsYes
Accessible and 508 Compliant and Certified SurveysYes — Rehabilitation Act / Voice respondentNo — Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act, making surveys accessible for the visually impaired.  To access surveys / visually impaired respondents rely on a voice reader to translate survey questions.Yes — Rehabilitation Act / Voice respondent
Data Collection
  • Unlimited
  • 100 responses
  • Skip Logic (automatic default to next question)
  • Via Web link
  • E-mail
  • 3 collectors per Web site
Analysis
  • Live results as recorded
  • Browse through individual responses
  • View open ended comments from summary page
  • Cross tabs
  • Drill down
  • Statistics
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Live results as recorded
  • Browse through individual responses
  • View open ended comments from summary page
Exporting DataFull data exports (cvs, Exel, PDF, PowerPoint, SPSS, Word).  Exporting data is excluded in a free account.   Upgrade in order to download your current responses.Yes, limited formats.
SecurityFavorable protection under contract.Limited privacy protections; not suitable for confidential data.  Limited FERPA protection.No FERPA protection; significant privacy risk.

June 2016