My name is Katya Petrochenkov and I am a Study Manager with Gatti Evaluation. I work on educational efficacy studies with numerous research participants all over the country, which makes data collection a full time job. Luckily, advances in easily accessible online survey tools have helped to streamline the process.
Rad Resource: After interacting with many different formats, the online survey tool that I have found to be the most useful is Surveygizmo. Several features that have influenced this opinion are the easy-to-use interface, question logic capabilities, variety of reporting options, and excellent customer service. There are several different pricing options. Surveygizmo will also be launching an updated version in the near future, Survey Gizmo 3.0, which promises to have improved tools for project management, and more advanced reporting features. http://www.surveygizmo.com
Hot Tip: You can elect to give respondents the option to save their unfinished survey to complete at a later date. Surveygizmo will then email respondents a reminder to complete their unfinished survey. This has helped me to improve response rates for more time consuming surveys.
Hot Tip: For longitudinal data collection, you can set up an automatic export to be sent directly to you via email on a monthly, weekly, or daily basis.
Hot Tip: not sure where to start or just want to see what else you can do with your surveys? Check out the Support section for numerous tips, tutorials, and blog entries related to the product. http://bit.ly/surveygizmo
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