Data set downloads
Downloading data for additional analysis
Whether or not you use the application’s available display options, it is quite likely that you will want to subject the data, including any open ended responses, to additional analyses. Most online survey applications provide download options, as shown in the SurveyMonkey screenshot below:
The first option is whether to download a summary or a complete data set. If a complete data set is chosen, you must then decide whether the download should feature condensed or expanded columns (depending on the number of data points, expanded columns may result in the table being broken into two or more pages at the 256 character point), and whether to include actual item choice text as column headers or their numerical values. Data dowloads of complete data sets are in spreadsheet format.
This is an example of an Excel download of summary data:
And this is an example of a PDF download:
Full Data Set downloads
If you wish to conduct additional analyses on your full data sets, you may download all collected responses. If you do so, you will receive them in a spreadsheet format. You have some options about the format, as you will see in this screenshot:
The other option in the drop down menu for is numerical value; in other words, you may chose from a full text representation of items in the spreadsheet, or they may be represented by numbers (item 1 = 1, et cetera). Results are sent to the email address you provide.
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As you can see, online survey applications provide a nice option for the researcher. It is good to remember that these surveys also allow a quick way of surveying the needs, wants, attitudes, et cetera, of members of any groups you work with, whether or not the data are used in evaluation or other research.