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Survey Tools

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

Feature Survey Monkey Free Basic Subscription Google Docs Free Forms Template Survey Monkey Pro Fee-based
Qualtrics
Subscription Free for basic Free templates Contact UTS Helpdesk for access to campus license.  Note that this is a shared resource and may not be appropriate for highly confidential or results-controlled surveys.  If confidentiality or control are needed, the unit or department must purchase a separate license.
License fee paid by unit or department.   
Number of Surveys Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited
Questions per Survey 10 Up to 255 (number of rows available) Unlimited 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
  • Over 100 examples
  • Unlimited
  • Radio button
  • Check box
  • Drop-down list
  • Text box
  • Text area
  • Date
Templates 20+ Unlimited: Available on Web or custom creations Branded surveys and URLs Unlimited: Available on Web or custom creation
Language Any, including Unicode You can change settings in Google Docs for Unicode.  You can download free US international keyboard Any, including Unicode Any, including Unicode
Prebuilt Survey Themes 15 95 15 86
Validate / Require Survey Responses Yes Yes Yes Yes
Randomize / Sort Answer Choices Yes Google Help Provides Solutions Yes Yes
Accessible and 508 Compliant and Certified Surveys Yes — Rehabilitation Act / Voice respondent No — 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 Yes
Data Collection
  • 100 responses per survey
  • Via Web link
  • E-mail
  • 3 collectors per Web site
  • 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
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Live results as recorded
  • Browse through individual responses
  • View open ended comments from summary page
Exporting Data Exporting data is excluded in a free account.   Upgrade in order to download your current responses. Exporting data is excluded in a free account.   Upgrade in order to download your current responses. Yes
  • CSV
  • Excel
  • PDF
  • PowerPoint
  • SPSS
  • Word

May 2015