Version 2.0.25 Released with Kiosk Mode

In addition to the usual bug fixes (including an issue affecting Safari/iOS that was blocking access for some users), we have added a much requested feature to this new version called ‘Kiosk Mode’.

This means that when completing survey response a new response is made available automatically. This is useful if you need to leave the survey unattended (ie in a Kiosk/Reception) or are completing short repetitive surveys (eg QR Code scanning or user registrations).

The option can be found in the ‘more options‘ section when creating a new survey as shown in the image above.

If using our iOS, Android or Amazon Fire apps Kiosk mode will also work offline. All responses are queued and can be sent when back on line.

Planning Mike’s Party

We love it when we see how our app is helping people. Consider Mike, he had an event coming up and the restaurant needed to know everyone’s orders.

“I held a big lunch party for 66 and sent out menu choices in advance and asked guests to choose what they were going to eat for starter, main and pudding.”
(an extract of Mike’s actual survey – shown by permission)
“I loved the way Zync Free Surveys collated the responses in a spreadsheet which I then emailed to the restaurant.”
A smart and simple way to solve a complicated problem.
Please let us know how Zync Free Surveys has helped out, we’d love to hear from you and share your experiences with others.

Version 2 Example e-Learning Flag Quiz

This example flags quiz showcases some new features in version 2 of the app:

  • One Question Per Page (as opposed to a continuous list)
  • Questions using Images
  • Responses as Images
  • Survey Progress Bar
  • Question Skipping (ie at Question 11)
  • Yes/No Icon Question Type
  • Likert (emoticon) Rating Question Type

We think this could be an excellent, fun way to use the app for e-learning.

Here’s a little True or False quiz that shows off some of the new features of version 2.
See how you get on. If you like it, why not try it for yourself.

Version 2 has been released!

We are very excited to announce the release of version 2 of our app.

We have been busily adding new features, refining interfaces and squashing bugs. Here are some highlights:

  • Survey progress bar added, see how far you have to go to finish the survey.
  • New 20+ question types added, we now have 30 and will be adding new ones soon.
  • Redesigned survey creator making it easier to use, now with a question dock for larger screens.
  • Images can now be attached to any questions and responses, to help bring your quizzes & surveys to life.
  • Display one question at a time instead of a list if you prefer this style.
  • Answer and published sections now combined into a single surveys section
  • Fixed various useability issues with iOS and Android tablets.
  • Enhanced help & knowledgebase in the unlikely event you should get stuck.

Click here to try out an example survey showcasing some of the new features.


SurveyMonkey offline this weekend

Are you upset, annoyed and fed up that #SurveyMonkey will be COMPLETELY OFFLINE this  Friday, January 5th, starting at 5:00 pm PT for 12 HOURS? Yes you read it correctly 12 hours!

During this time you will NOT be able to VIEW, COLLECT OR DOWNLOAD ANY DATA!!

Why not use this time to look at an alternative to this, ahem.. dinosaur, such as Zync Free Surveys, which offers a similar service, doesnt treat its customers this way,  and even better its free!

Good Survey Design

Don’t Reinvent the Wheel:

If you are trying to measure an attitude, concept, or behavior, there’s a pretty good chance someone has done this before. In the course of your literature review, pay careful attention to how others are measuring the concept you want to measure. They may have already tested the reliability and validity of a measure. An identical question also allows for comparisons across surveys.

Sources for pre-existing questions include:
The General Social Survey:
The National Election Survey:
IPoll (database of 500,000 polls):
(Harvard ID / PIN required) Must register to access.
Polling the Nations: (Harvard ID / PIN required)


Pre-Test Your Survey:

Administer your surveys to a few potential respondents (or your friends) to get feedback. Ask people to think out loud as they are answering the survey questions. Probe them: “What does that mean to you?”
The Question Understanding Aid (QUAID) evaluates syntax and test to flag some common problems with survey questions.


Think About The Mode of Your Survey

Surveys can be administered by mail, phone, in-person, or online, and there are different questionnaire considerations for each mode. If an interviewer is asking the questions, think about how they will sound. If a respondent is filling out the survey on paper or over the Internet, think about how it will look.


Give instructions:

If you are using an interviewer, give instructions to the interviewer, and specifically write-out any special instructions to the respondent. If the respondent reads the survey, have clear instructions on the page.

If respondent is not able to read the question response options, be sure to keep options concise and have interviewer read the possible responses as part of the question. (e.g., How worried are you about losing your job in the near future: A LOT, SOMEWHAT, or NOT MUCH AT ALL?)

One of biggest issues with mode is whether you offer an explicit “Don’t Know” or “Not applicable” box. As a general rule, allow this response to be volunteered in phone interview.


Keep Your Questionnaire Short.

Respondents are less likely to answer a long questionnaire than a short one, and often pay less attention to questionnaires which seem long, monotonous, or boring.


Keep Question Order in Mind:

Survey responses can be impacted by previous questions. Think about the context that respondents are hearing your questions.

Start a questionnaire with an introduction. If a respondent reads the survey, provide a title for each section. If an interviewer reads a survey, write smooth verbal transitions.

It’s usually best to start a survey with general questions that will be easy for a respondent to answer.

Things mentioned early in a survey can impact answers later. If the survey mentions something, respondents might be primed to think of this in other questions.

It’s usually best to ask any sensitive questions, including demographics (especially income), near the end of the survey.

If you are asking a series of similar questions, randomizing the order respondents hear them can improve your data.


Filtering and Branching

Respondents should only be asked questions that apply to them. In cases where some questions might be relevant to only some respondents, it is best to specifically determine applicability.


Types of Questions

Open-Ended versus Closed Ended Questions:
Open ended questions ask respondents to respond to a question in their own terms.
Closed ended questions are questions where the respondent is asked to place themselves into one of a limited number of responses which are provided to them.

Open-ended questions allow the greatest variety of responses, but are time consuming to ask and require a lot of work to analyze

Closed ended questions, when well designed, ensure that respondents interpret questions the same way.

Respondents are more likely to skip an open-ended than closed-ended question


Rating Scales for Attitude Questions:

Usually between five and seven points is best.

Generally, providing a middle category provides better data.

Points on the scale should be labeled with clear, unambiguous words.

Questions which use agree/disagree scales can be biased toward the “agree” side, so it’s usually best to avoid this wording.

Try to write questions so that both positive and negative items are scored “high” and “low” on a scale.

The order that response categories are presented to a respondent can also influence their answer choices.


Primacy Effect:

Occurs in paper and internet surveys: respondents tend to pick the first choice


Recency Effect:

Occurs when questions are read to a respondent. Respondents tend to pick the choice they heard most recently

Randomizing or rotating response options is usually a good idea

In Internet surveys, radio buttons work better than drop-down menus.


General Rules for Writing Survey Questions

The ideal question accomplishes three goals:

  • It measures the underlying concept it is intended to tap
  • It doesn’t measure other concepts
  • It means the same thing to all respondents

The following rules help to accomplish this:
Avoid technical terms and jargon. Words used in surveys should be easily understood by anyone taking the survey. Examples: “Do you support or oppose tort reform?” “Should people held on terror related crimes have the right of habeas corpus?”

Avoid Vague or Imprecise Terms. Usually, it’s best to use terms that will have the same specific meaning to all respondents. For example, it’s not clear what you get when you ask “How important is it that a candidate shares your values?” You might get a more consistent answer if you asked: “How important is it that a candidate shares your religious values?”

Define Things Very Specifically: For example, don’t ask: “What is your income?” A better question would be specific and might ask: “What was your total household income before taxes in 2005?”

Avoid Complex Sentences. Sentences with too many clauses or unusual constructions often confuse respondents. Scales that ask respondents to make complex calculations can cause problems. How easy will it be for a typical person to answer: “Do you think the increase in the rate of immigration, controlling for the economy, is higher or lower than the increase in the rate of crime in your area?”


Provide Reference Frames:

Make sure all respondents are answering questions about the same time and place. For example, if you ask: “How often do you feel sad?” some people might provide an answer about their life’s experience, while others might only be thinking about today. Usually, it’s better to provide a reference frame: “How often have you felt sad during the past week?” Don’t ask: “How good is the economy these days” and assume everyone is talking about the same economy. A better way might be to ask: “How good is the national economy these days” or “How good is the economy in your community these days”


Make Sure Scales Are Ordinal:

If you are using a rating scale, each point should be clearly higher or lower than the other for all people. For example, don’t ask “How many jobs are available in your town: Many, a lot, some, or a few. “ It’s not clear to everyone that “a lot” is less than “many.” A better scale might be: “A lot, some, only a few, or none at all.”
Avoid Double-Barreled Questions. Questions should measure one thing. Double barreled questions try to measure two (or more!) things. For example: “Do you think the president should lower taxes and spending.” Respondents who think the president should do only one of these things might be confused.


Answer Choices Should Anticipate All Possibilities.

If a respondent could have more than one response to a question, it’s best to allow for multiple choices. If the categories you provide don’t anticipate all possible choices, it’s often a good idea to include an “Other-Specify” category.

If You Want a Single Answer, Make Sure Your Answer Choices Are Unique and Include all Possible Responses If you are measuring something that falls on a continuum, word your categories as a range. For example, the following scale misses possible responses: What punishment should this person receive: No punishment, Five years in prison, Ten years in prison, Twenty years in prison, Life in prison, or the death penalty?” A better scale might be worded:

What punishment should this person receive:

No punishment

Punishment not including jail time
Up to five years in prison

From five years to ten years in prison

From ten years to 20 years in prison

More than 20 years but less than life in prison

Life in prison

The death penalty?


Avoid Questions Using Leading, Emotional, or Evocative Language.

For example, “Do you
believe the US should immediately withdraw troops from the failed war in Iraq?” “Do you support or oppose the death tax?.”

Sometimes the associations can be more subtle. For example, “Do you support or oppose President Bush’s plan to require standardized testing of all public school students?” Some people might support or oppose this because it is sponsored by President XXX, not because of their opinions toward the merits of policy.


Get ready, we’ve got some new features coming soon!

Here is a sneak peak of some of the new features in our upcoming versions:

Image Attachments

Upload and attach images to questions AND responses to make you surveys and questions more appealing. You can now have a pictures quiz too! Best of all these work off line too!

New Question Types

Slider and star rating are just some of the new question types to be added, more details will be given at launch

Survey Designer Question Dock

On larger screens and tablets there will be a new question dock that allows for quicker and more intuitive way to create that perfect survey.