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Polling Question Types, Reports and Your Options

From its earliest stages, QualBoard was envisioned as a Qualitative Bulletin Board platform with a full suite of features.  As Qualboard has grown and developed, features have been added with qualitative research and reporting in mind. These features include text response, multiple choice, multiple answer and media response question types, just to name a few. This lesson is designed to give moderators and other QualBoard users clear examples of reports to assist with expectations and general understanding of data and reports.  The main question types that we will focus on are polling data type questions such as multiple choice and multiple answer questions.

Section 1: Polling Features in QualBoard

Multiple choice and multiple answer questions can be great tools if used correctly. Overuse of these tools can cause your board to navigate toward becoming a survey. Use multiple choice and multiple answer questions, like the one displayed above, to your advantage to find out a little more about a respondent in a convenient, organized way or to group tag respondents by using our automated group tagging features of those questions.  

Note:Qualboard reporting is done in a qualitative manner; therefore, if your board resembles a survey, reporting will require more work to pull statistics and other quantifiable information from the reports.

Section 2: Standard Discussion Reporting for Polling Questions

1. Question that was asked.

2. Individual responses and corresponding information.

All question types were created with qualitative research in mind so the next major topic of discussion is "what does that mean for my reports?" Since QualBoard is a qualitative tool, its reports are generated in a manner that aligns with qualitative research.  Reports are focused on the participant as an individual and their unique responses.  Here is an example of a multiple choice questions in our excel format report:

Polling Data Specific Reports

This is an example of a Qualboard polling data report. This report will only pull multiple choice and multiple answer questions and provides the question asked. It has a "1" in the respective column if a respondent selected the answer. The report also shows comments that were made to the right of the respondent’s answers.

1. Question

2. Polling results

3. Comments made by respondent

Section 3: Using Excel to Pull Information from Polling Data Reports

Since the reports are qualitative, pulling statistics and other quantifiable data from them requires a little extra work.  

Step 1:  Insert Cells to the left and bottom the data and comments.

Step 2:  Insert "=SUM(cell address)" vertically and horizontally to calculate "Total Votes per Option" and "Total Per Respondent."

Step 3:  Once the formulas are entered, you can tally a grand total from either the vertical or horizontal totals as seen in cell F19.  It is just "=SUM("F5:18)" that gives us the 100 percent mark.

Step 4:  To pull percents, a formula needs to be inserted under "Total Votes per Option." The formula make up is listed here "=(cell address)/8."  This will give you the percent of respondents that answered per each option each option.

Step 5:  Format the cells to the appropriate number type and small visual formatting, and you now have quantitative data from a polling question.

Section 3 (continued): Creating Pie Charts from Polling data

Now that you have your data and labels, you can create a Pie chart of the data.

Section 3 (continued): Finished Pie Chat

Above is a pie chart derived from our collected polling data.

Section 4:  Using Embedded Survey's within Qualboard

If you choose not to use the polling features within Qualboard, then other Qualboard features will have to be reviewed to capture the data that the moderator wants. This section will demonstrate how to implement built surveys from survey site such as SurveyGizmo into Qualboard using the white board feature.  This feature is demonstrated in the image above.  There are many pros to using the white board feature to embed a survey.   Several pros are listed below.


1.  Reports are generated in a familiar style.  

2.  Easy and flexible creation of survey

3.  Simplistic embedding into Qualboard.

Step One: Creating the Survey

When creating a survey, you must take into consideration that Qualboard and the survey platform are not connected, so information is not transferred from one platform to another.  This means that when a survey is created, basic information needs to be asked to assist with the organization of the data and reporting. We suggest that the first page of the survey is set up to capture that information. Examples of the basic information are collecting first name, last initial, and basic demographic information. An example of this is presented above.  After the survey has the basic information of the user captured, then you can create the rest of the survey with the questions types that suit your research goals.

Step Two: Embedding the Survey

When the survey is created and the link that allows for the survey to be distributed is located, all there is to do is to add a white board to a Qualboard question.  

1. Select "Add Web Site Whiteboard"

2. Paste link in web address field

3. Press "Save Whiteboard"

Step Three:  Finished Survey (Example 1)

Above is what a respondent sees when they click "Reply" on a question with an embedded survey. This is the first page that acquires the basic information from the respondent.

Step Three: Finished Survey (Example 2)

Above is the second page of the embedded survey where the respondent will be asked actual survey questions. When the respondent is finished, they can click submit at the bottom of the embedded survey to submit the information from their survey.  A respondent can then leave a comment and press the "Reply" button on the question to continue through the board.  The only thing left to do is use the survey platform to analyze and report from the data collected.

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