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Welcome back for March's Quick Byte #3!

Today we'll look at tips and methods for creating online surveys and collecting feedback using available web-based tools, many of which are free. PLUS THERE IS A GIVEAWAY AT THE END!!!


What

Online surveys are a way to gather feedback data from your survey audience in a convenient, cost-effective way. Online surveys can be used to gather opinions, assess knowledge, evaluate events, determine interest and availability, and I'm sure a million other uses!

Please note that the Extension Evaluation team has lots of resources if you have more advanced questions about assessing your program. UM Extension Program Evaluation resources (login required)


Why

Web-based tools make delivering surveys easy and, in most cases, can also help you organize the results. Audience feedback can be invaluable in decision-making regarding your program. It can also just be an easy way to get a vote on a simple detail (lunches, agenda items, etc)! All you need from your audience is their email addresses and a willingness to give feedback. Making online surveys is so easy, you'll have to remind yourself not to do it too often!

Which reminds me, I made a survey for you!

Quick Bytes: Topic Interest Survey

Thank you for taking it!


How

I'm going to go over the online tools for audience feedback that I prefer. There are lots to choose from so you will of course need to evaluate what fits best for your purpose. Please leave a comment if you know of another one that might be useful to Extension work!


Thumbnail image for surveymonkey.pngSurveymonkey

I have done a lot of Surveymonkey surveys, and it is a great tool, but it does have a few quirks.

First positive thing, it's fast. I used Surveymonkey for the survey you just took (hopefully! go take it!) on Quick Byte topics. It allows for easy cutting and pasting so I had that survey setup in less than 2 minutes... KA-CHOW!! (..."and it looks like it," you're thinking...). 

Second, it's free. Surveymonkey has a free option, but even better, Extension has a paid organizational account! You can contact the IT Help Desk to learn how to have access to our account.

Third, it gives you a nice organized spreadsheet and charts of your results. This is a huge time saver for me! Look, you can even share them on a web page! (you can password protect this if you wanted)

And fourth, it's got all kinds of fancy "logic" features. If someone answers the question "how many school-age kids do you have" with zero, then you can have it skip the next whole page about what are their after school activities. (or whatever!) Pretty cool.

As for the quirks. I really wish it had the ability to do email notifications when a response is submitted. This drives me crazy. What this means is that you can't use Surveymonkey for any kind of "response requested" form, like a trouble ticket or a contact form.

Also, it does not allow file attachments. So using Surveymonkey to submit proposals or reviews is a problem. You can make a giant text box(es) for people to paste into, but everything will lose all its formatting and you will have a heck of a job cleaning that up (been there, done THAT). 

But all things considered, Surveymonkey is my go-to tool. For a good video tutorial, watch this one on YouTube.


Wufoo

wufoo.pngWufoo is a great online survey tool, and is very similar to Surveymonkey. The reason I am including it AND Surveymonkey is that it does email notifications AND file attachments. ALLELUIA!

My main reason for showing a slight preference for Surveymonkey is that it is paid for. ha! (Wufoo does have a free option, but it limits you to only 3 surveys and 100 responses.)

In case you're not familiar with Wufoo, here is a form I made. You can snoop around and submit it and see how it feels.

My recommendation is to create a test survey, maybe just the first few questions of your actual survey, in both Wufoo and Surveymonkey and you will see right away what works best for you. I always need to send my surveys to a group for review, and Surveymonkey allows me to set that up as a separate data set (which I can then ignore in the final results). Also, Surveymonkey allows me to cut and paste more easily than Wufoo. Stuff like that, as well as the email notification and file upload features and cost, will make your decision for you.


UMSurvey

UMSurvey is the University of Minnesota's centrally-supported survey tool. It is in the process of being retired, so I'm not really going to talk about it. You can read about the project to replace it here.


Google Forms

googleform.pngGoogle Forms can sometimes be a great tool for online surveys. If you need email notifications and have a simple survey form, Google Forms is definitely the way to go. And you can't beat the price!! (free)

The times I have used Google Forms for online surveys, the main reason was so that I could then "hand it off" to whomever I was creating it for. Since it is essentially just a Google Doc, that is very easy to do!

However, the survey results are just dumping to a spreadsheet table and therefore you will get no fancy data organization here. That kind of bugs me after working with Surveymonkey and Wufoo so much. And beware--you can't duplicate a form. This is a huge pain for me, since I use similar forms year after year.

We will have a whole unit on Google Forms coming up later on!

Doodle

doodle.pngDoodle is not an online survey tool, really, but more of a quick polling tool for finding a meeting time. But it is so awesome, you have to know about it!! So I put it in this unit. Go check it out, you don't need an account or anything.

Assignment

  1. Click through to Surveymonkey, Wufoo, and Doodle. Poke around until you feel like you know what it would take to get started.
  2. Leave a comment if you agree or disagree with something here, or found something else interesting to share.
  3. Pat yourself on the back!

But Wait there's MORE!

Every University of Minnesota Extension-affiliated employee who leaves a comment below, or via twitter (use tag #ExtQuickBytes), facebook, or google+ during the time period March 29-April 4, 2012 will be entered to win this fabulous prize--a paper tweet notepad, for communicating tweets the old-fashioned way!

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15 Comments

renc0003 Author Profile Page said:

Awesome examples of easy to use online surveys-some I'd never heard of before. Thanks! :)

thbrown Author Profile Page said:

Thanks for the info that UM Extension has a Survey Monkey account.

Adam said:

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jerin said:

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Joy said:

Hello All ,

We have Excellent work from home Option , where you will get steady Income source here No Target No Limitation,
Be your Own boss, Then Why to wait lease check the Link Below

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Earn cash anytime you want. We are growing especially in this economy. We have positions open for those who
are independent and self motivated. We are looking for organized and professional candidates.

http://getpaid-survey.com

Amber Dalton said:

If you are from one of those royal families of the Middle East, then this discussion is going to be of no interest for you. For others, earning money online has always been in the wish list. In today's world, almost everybody is looking to earn some money in their spare time, working from their homes. There may be variety of options, but not too many really beats Online surveys in flexibility or intellectual satisfaction. Online surveys, especially paid online surveys, have become very popular with the people coming from different background mainly because of its various advantages. With Internet being available to everybody, online surveys are viable options for those who cannot live their home due to various constraints.

The advent of the Internet has drastically changed the way this world lives, conducts business, and expands its social life. It has also changed the way we have dreamt of our professional careers. Just a couple of decades back, a work-from-home job profile was practically inexistent. But then, with Internet came a lot of newer opportunities, and online paid surveys is perhaps the best among them.

If you are not employed with a firm, you are perhaps in the business of doing business. And any business will invariably require an upfront investment. The new genre of online job profiles has broken away from this scenario. With activities like online surveys, you can be self employed without locking in investment. This is perhaps one of the most important factors that make online surveys a particularly irresistible one for most of us.

If you love the structured life of an employed person, if you are not comfortable with slight variations in monthly cash inflows, online surveys is certainly not for you. However, if you cherish independence and want to be your own boss, online paid surveys is something you cannot give a miss. Additionally, one of the major highlights of online surveys is that you need not be highly qualified. The profile that online survey companies generally look for before they offer online surveys to any member is that the concerned person must be have interest on a wide variety of subjects.

Rarely will you find a coin that does not have two sides. Similarly, even the best and the safest of earning avenues do have a possible flipside. Be careful - there are many fraud online surveys websites that will try to rob you of your hard earned money. If ever you are tempted to join an online surveys listing site that require a substantial subscription fees, think twice. You should keep in mind that online surveys require no or minimal investments. Online paid surveys will give you money and not take any from you. So, do not let any body take undue advantage of you. Not only you, but other members of your family may also avail of this opportunity provided by online surveys, so what are you waiting for? Happy online responding!

Visit >>>>> http://getpaid-survey.com

emily said:

There are many ways to make extra money in your free time, but there are very few that are as easy as filling out a couple surveys. A few hundred dollars a day can easily be earned just with the click of the mouse because your opinion counts.

Paid survey companies work with major corporations to organize and provide opinions from everyday consumers. As a result of your valuable feedback, you can earn quick money. Some questions are multiple choice, while others may require some writing. Either way, it is entirely possible with the right survey program to earn and extra $200 a day.

This is not difficult work. If you have a job with a computer, you can quickly complete a few surveys during your lunch break. If you don't mind having a laptop in front of you while you unwind and watch TV at night, filling out a survey or two can be done between commercials.

Pay ranges from anywhere to $5 - $50 a survey, which is typically determined on the length of time it takes you to complete the questionnaire. Once you get bored with those, there are options to get paid to watch movie trailers, and some times you can have a little fun by getting paid to test drive cars.

As long as you are at least 18 years old, anyone can start making money by filling out surveys right away. It's a great way to put extra cash in your pocket and cover basic living expenses. After all, who wouldn't want a couple hundred dollars a day just for giving their opinion?

See if you qualify to join the highest paying surveys program available. Only a limited number of people will be accepted to work with the biggest brand names that pay top dollar. Get your chance to earn hundreds of dollars with paid survey review.

To find out more, you can go to

>>>>>> http://getpaid-survey.com

shymlal akka said:

Everybody I have talked to that has start using the Internet eventually asks the question: How can I make money online? And for most people, they never learn what they need to do in order to make a couple hundred to thousands of dollars online.

Everybody wants to make money online, but very few people know where to start. For most people it comes down to having to learn advanced skills that they never have time to master, resulting in the feeling of helplessness about making money online.

Luckily for me, I found an easy way around that about a year ago. Instead of trying to learn crazy web languages or graphic design, I started search for nontechnical ways to make money online. This led me to taking paid surveys online.

One of the great things about the Internet is that it can connect people and companies almost instantly, and companies have found out about it. Companies have found that they can receive almost instant feedback about their products, services, or ad campaigns through the Internet. This is called market research, and before it used to take companies hundreds of thousands of dollars and many months to find average and sometimes outdated data.

Now, companies have a direct and almost instant link to people that use their products, and will pay people to help them speed up their market research. When I found out about it, I was a little skeptical, but I decided to try my hand at it anyway.

What I found was that I could make decent money just by filling out online surveys for an hour or so, everyday. It was surprisingly easy since I could do them while chatting on Facebook or after my kids went to bed, so I figured I would give it a month and see how much I could earn. At the end of the month, I was so excited when my first check came in the mail for $638.28!

After a few months, I built up a reputation so that survey companies would give me even higher paying surveys, giving me even more money. Overall it has been a very smart choice that fits into my lifestyle, and hasn’t required me to learn anything advanced computer skills. If you are trying to make some extra money, give online surveys a try.

So how does it work?

1. Find a website that has a large survey database. I have tried a few, but personally, I like Surveys At Home because they have prescreened the survey websites to find the ones that pay the best.

2. Sign up with a few sites, 3-5 to start then add more to receive more surveys

3. Start taking surveys, simply fill out accurate information. They usually take 10-20 minutes per survey.

4. Cash out and receive your payment either with PayPal or by mail.

Best or all, you don’t need to spend any money, there is no risk or scams, and the sites are free to join. If you are looking to earn some extra income, surveys seem to be one of the best ways to go.

>>>>>>>>> http://getpaid-survey.com


Sincerely,
Adam

Diyan said:

There are many ways to make extra money in your free time, but there are very few that are as easy as filling out a couple surveys. A few hundred dollars a day can easily be earned just with the click of the mouse because your opinion counts.

Paid survey companies work with major corporations to organize and provide opinions from everyday consumers. As a result of your valuable feedback, you can earn quick money. Some questions are multiple choice, while others may require some writing. Either way, it is entirely possible with the right survey program to earn and extra $200 a day.

This is not difficult work. If you have a job with a computer, you can quickly complete a few surveys during your lunch break. If you don't mind having a laptop in front of you while you unwind and watch TV at night, filling out a survey or two can be done between commercials.

Pay ranges from anywhere to $5 - $50 a survey, which is typically determined on the length of time it takes you to complete the questionnaire. Once you get bored with those, there are options to get paid to watch movie trailers, and some times you can have a little fun by getting paid to test drive cars.

As long as you are at least 18 years old, anyone can start making money by filling out surveys right away. It's a great way to put extra cash in your pocket and cover basic living expenses. After all, who wouldn't want a couple hundred dollars a day just for giving their opinion?

See if you qualify to join the highest paying surveys program available. Only a limited number of people will be accepted to work with the biggest brand names that pay top dollar. Get your chance to earn hundreds of dollars with paid survey review.

To find out more, you can go to

>>>>>> http://getpaid-survey.com

sapnil said:

Hello All ,

We have Excellent work from home Option , where you will get steady Income source here No Target No Limitation,
Be your Own boss, Then Why to wait lease check the Link Below

http://getpaid-survey.com

Earn cash anytime you want. We are growing especially in this economy. We have positions open for those who
are independent and self motivated. We are looking for organized and professional candidates.

http://getpaid-survey.com

scarle said:

If you are from one of those royal families of the Middle East, then this discussion is going to be of no interest for you. For others, earning money online has always been in the wish list. In today's world, almost everybody is looking to earn some money in their spare time, working from their homes. There may be variety of options, but not too many really beats Online surveys in flexibility or intellectual satisfaction. Online surveys, especially paid online surveys, have become very popular with the people coming from different background mainly because of its various advantages. With Internet being available to everybody, online surveys are viable options for those who cannot live their home due to various constraints.

The advent of the Internet has drastically changed the way this world lives, conducts business, and expands its social life. It has also changed the way we have dreamt of our professional careers. Just a couple of decades back, a work-from-home job profile was practically inexistent. But then, with Internet came a lot of newer opportunities, and online paid surveys is perhaps the best among them.

If you are not employed with a firm, you are perhaps in the business of doing business. And any business will invariably require an upfront investment. The new genre of online job profiles has broken away from this scenario. With activities like online surveys, you can be self employed without locking in investment. This is perhaps one of the most important factors that make online surveys a particularly irresistible one for most of us.

If you love the structured life of an employed person, if you are not comfortable with slight variations in monthly cash inflows, online surveys is certainly not for you. However, if you cherish independence and want to be your own boss, online paid surveys is something you cannot give a miss. Additionally, one of the major highlights of online surveys is that you need not be highly qualified. The profile that online survey companies generally look for before they offer online surveys to any member is that the concerned person must be have interest on a wide variety of subjects.

Rarely will you find a coin that does not have two sides. Similarly, even the best and the safest of earning avenues do have a possible flipside. Be careful - there are many fraud online surveys websites that will try to rob you of your hard earned money. If ever you are tempted to join an online surveys listing site that require a substantial subscription fees, think twice. You should keep in mind that online surveys require no or minimal investments. Online paid surveys will give you money and not take any from you. So, do not let any body take undue advantage of you. Not only you, but other members of your family may also avail of this opportunity provided by online surveys, so what are you waiting for? Happy online responding!

Visit >>>>> http://getpaid-survey.com

Ariana said:

Everybody I have talked to that has start using the Internet eventually asks the question: How can I make money online? And for most people, they never learn what they need to do in order to make a couple hundred to thousands of dollars online.

Everybody wants to make money online, but very few people know where to start. For most people it comes down to having to learn advanced skills that they never have time to master, resulting in the feeling of helplessness about making money online.

Luckily for me, I found an easy way around that about a year ago. Instead of trying to learn crazy web languages or graphic design, I started search for nontechnical ways to make money online. This led me to taking paid surveys online.

One of the great things about the Internet is that it can connect people and companies almost instantly, and companies have found out about it. Companies have found that they can receive almost instant feedback about their products, services, or ad campaigns through the Internet. This is called market research, and before it used to take companies hundreds of thousands of dollars and many months to find average and sometimes outdated data.

Now, companies have a direct and almost instant link to people that use their products, and will pay people to help them speed up their market research. When I found out about it, I was a little skeptical, but I decided to try my hand at it anyway.

What I found was that I could make decent money just by filling out online surveys for an hour or so, everyday. It was surprisingly easy since I could do them while chatting on Facebook or after my kids went to bed, so I figured I would give it a month and see how much I could earn. At the end of the month, I was so excited when my first check came in the mail for $638.28!

After a few months, I built up a reputation so that survey companies would give me even higher paying surveys, giving me even more money. Overall it has been a very smart choice that fits into my lifestyle, and hasn’t required me to learn anything advanced computer skills. If you are trying to make some extra money, give online surveys a try.

So how does it work?

1. Find a website that has a large survey database. I have tried a few, but personally, I like Surveys At Home because they have prescreened the survey websites to find the ones that pay the best.

2. Sign up with a few sites, 3-5 to start then add more to receive more surveys

3. Start taking surveys, simply fill out accurate information. They usually take 10-20 minutes per survey.

4. Cash out and receive your payment either with PayPal or by mail.

Best or all, you don’t need to spend any money, there is no risk or scams, and the sites are free to join. If you are looking to earn some extra income, surveys seem to be one of the best ways to go.

>>>>>>>>> http://getpaid-survey.com


Sincerely,
Adam

sima said:

If you are from one of those royal families of the Middle East, then this discussion is going to be of no interest for you. For others, earning money online has always been in the wish list. In today's world, almost everybody is looking to earn some money in their spare time, working from their homes. There may be variety of options, but not too many really beats Online surveys in flexibility or intellectual satisfaction. Online surveys, especially paid online surveys, have become very popular with the people coming from different background mainly because of its various advantages. With Internet being available to everybody, online surveys are viable options for those who cannot live their home due to various constraints.

The advent of the Internet has drastically changed the way this world lives, conducts business, and expands its social life. It has also changed the way we have dreamt of our professional careers. Just a couple of decades back, a work-from-home job profile was practically inexistent. But then, with Internet came a lot of newer opportunities, and online paid surveys is perhaps the best among them.

If you are not employed with a firm, you are perhaps in the business of doing business. And any business will invariably require an upfront investment. The new genre of online job profiles has broken away from this scenario. With activities like online surveys, you can be self employed without locking in investment. This is perhaps one of the most important factors that make online surveys a particularly irresistible one for most of us.

If you love the structured life of an employed person, if you are not comfortable with slight variations in monthly cash inflows, online surveys is certainly not for you. However, if you cherish independence and want to be your own boss, online paid surveys is something you cannot give a miss. Additionally, one of the major highlights of online surveys is that you need not be highly qualified. The profile that online survey companies generally look for before they offer online surveys to any member is that the concerned person must be have interest on a wide variety of subjects.

Rarely will you find a coin that does not have two sides. Similarly, even the best and the safest of earning avenues do have a possible flipside. Be careful - there are many fraud online surveys websites that will try to rob you of your hard earned money. If ever you are tempted to join an online surveys listing site that require a substantial subscription fees, think twice. You should keep in mind that online surveys require no or minimal investments. Online paid surveys will give you money and not take any from you. So, do not let any body take undue advantage of you. Not only you, but other members of your family may also avail of this opportunity provided by online surveys, so what are you waiting for? Happy online responding!

Visit >>>>> http://getpaid-survey.com

humaira said:

Hello All ,

We have Excellent work from home Option , where you will get steady Income source here No Target No Limitation,
Be your Own boss, Then Why to wait lease check the Link Below

http://getpaid-survey.com

Earn cash anytime you want. We are growing especially in this economy. We have positions open for those who
are independent and self motivated. We are looking for organized and professional candidates.

http://getpaid-survey.com

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