New KB article roundup

This article aims to provide you with the best of our most recently published articles on our Help Centre, these range from AskiaDesign and AskiaSurf to AskiaWeb.

Redirect out of an Askia survey and back again

Sometimes it’s required to leave an Askia survey to take part in an external exercise and return to the survey to complete it. In such cases, it may be required to take parameters from the Askia survey to the external application or page. This article will show an example of these requirements using AskiaDesign.

Check out the full article for more details, access to the example survey and download all the attached resources.

Survey router

This article shows how to route a respondent from a main survey to two follow-up surveys out of a possible six depending on their initial selection and remaining SQL quotas. The seven surveys are set up such that the respondent will always be taken back to the correct position in any of their surveys if they close the browser and then click on the original link again.

The original article contains a link to a demo survey as well as an example questionnaire file in order to help you setup this methodology.

Quota logic examples in Design

This in-depth article provides a detail explanation of how to automatically manage quotas during fieldwork, specifically for complex quotas and/or for edge cases such as:

  • Sending an over-quota respondent to a short survey
  • Least Filled quotas

Quota logic example

Each case is fully detailed and provides example surveys to help you adapt the chosen method to your needs!

Local Storage

The Web Storage API provides mechanisms by which browsers can store key/value pairs, in a much more intuitive fashion than using cookies. This API provides two mechanisms:

  • Session Storage: maintains a separate storage area for each given origin that’s available for the duration of the page session (as long as the browser is open, including page reloads and restores)
  • Local Storage: does the same thing, but persists even when the browser is closed and reopened.

This article covers the use of localStorage as it is often used in CAPI surveys, where you want the agent to avoid re-entering the same data twice. A typical use case is an agent interviewing passengers on a single bus line. Once the agent has entered the bus line during the 1st interview, we want to pre-fill this question for new interviews, while leaving the possibility for the agent to edit at a later stage.

Check out the article for more details and access to the example questionnaires.

Capture browser’s user agent after every survey screen

The User Agent is basically an application that acts on behalf of a user. In the case of web browsers, it provides to the website / web application information concerning which browser, browser version, operating system, …

Askia only captures one instance of the browser’s UserAgent inside of the SQL database, meaning anytime you use the “Browser.UserAgent” keyword, it references the UserAgent that was captured in the database (which is the last device to enter into the survey). This Askia keyword does not keep track of which devices/UserAgents partook in the survey itself. Again, it only records the UserAgent of the last device that entered the survey or answered a question. If you want to keep track of which UserAgent was used to answer which question, you’ll need to use the snippet of JavaScript included in the article to pull in the UserAgent into an open-ended variable after every screen.

Improve speed of large Surf set-ups

This article sets out the steps needed for using askia Analyse & Surf to improve the (metadata) speed of Surf set-ups with a large number of .qes (wave) files.

We already had some more general tips to improve such rendering that would be useful for standalone datasets. However, these would not suffice in the case of complex AskiaSurf set-ups that comprise a large number of waves. The article therefore details the use of AskiaSurf’s Improve Metadata Speed feature.

Askia User Survey 2017 results

The 2017 edition of our popular Askia User Survey was mailed out this past spring.

We received a record number of replies this year and once again, we were humbled by the tremendous amount of constructive feedback.

Whether it was an appreciative nod to one of our teams, a smart suggestion for improvement, or an insightful story about your personal Askia experience: all your responses are incredibly valuable to us and help us bring the best out of our software.

If you took part in the survey, we’d like to say again how thankful we are for your time. We told you in the introductory video that we would read all of the comments – and we did. There were a lot of them. You sometimes made us laugh. We also sometimes blushed with pride, other times with scorn.

Jérôme Sopoçko has personally replied to quite a few users already and whilst he’s still working on it, we thought now may be a good time to share the best bits of our analysis with you all, together with some cool infographics.

The highlights

When reading all your comments, we noticed four recurrent requests for which tools are either already in place, or will be very soon. So before we get down to the nitty gritty, let’s take a look at these all-important questions and the answers we have for you:

Request #1: improved quota management

You wrote: 

I want to use dynamic quotas 

Please can you improve quota management (grouping, quota scripting)

Well we have good news for you: it’s already in place in version 5.4.4! And this is how to do it We also recommend that you read Jerome’s blog post which is full of valuable information on this topic. 

Request #2: managing panels with Askia

You wrote:

We need a solution to manage panels

Can you provide integration with a panel management platform

We have a solution and it’s called Platform One: Askia and Platform One have created together a platform for panel and community management. Platform one is fully preattuned to the Askia survey software so you are guaranteed seamless integration and seamless service.

Request #3: creating my own look & feel using custom codes

You wrote:

I find it next to impossible to get web screens to look how I want them to

I’d like a slider to navigate through the questionnaire

The one page design survey from typeform is highly visual and I’m unable to recreate this look/feel on Askia

Here again, we have a solution: the ADPs enable you to define exactly what code is generated, in the manner of a master page (php or asp). The ADPs are available in version 5.4.6.

Request #4: dashboarding

You wrote:

What I really need is data visualization tools and online dashboarding

The solution is our upcoming revolutionary dashboard developed in partnership with E-Tabs. Read the press release here and stay tuned for more details.

These are the topics that stood out from your comments. Now let’s look at the rest of the survey results. But before, I have to take my hat off to Seyf who put together the very comprehensive analysis that follows: thank you!

The details

What did you like?

We asked you what you like about our products and a number of themes emerged.

To begin with, you praise the fact that our software is powerful and offers endless possibilities, yet remains very easy to use: Right combination of complexity (i.e. high function) and usabilityThe general speed of all the products is often mentioned, as is the overall look and design of the products.

You also like that it’s all in one, and that it covers most of the Market Research needs across all data collection methodsThe range and integration of our products get your approval: you can use the same file format from survey design, to multiple collection methods, to data analysis.

Finally, you give top marks to the flexibility and versatility of the software including the extensibility of products such as Design and Vista.

Many of you rave about our Support team, even though technically they’re not a product; in particular, their knowledge of the software and their response speed get the thumbs up.

What do you like most about our products?

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Our personal favourite was:

“Very flexible and can do almost anything (even making coffee if you have a coffee machine connected to the internet)“

> Dear Askia user, we’re keen to see pictures of your favourite software making a cuppa!

What did you not like?

No software is perfect, and so we welcome your constructive feedback about the things you do not like.

Mostly, you find that some elements are not 100% intuitive, making some tasks unnecessarily complicated or time-consuming.

You would like to see more documentation, including guides for beginners – and our French users ask for documentation in their mother-tongue.

Occasional errors and the odd bugs were also mentioned, and the fact that sometimes just fixing the issue isn’t enough:

When we ask for help, we often find the issue corrected for us – we’d really like to understand why something has gone wrong

“Generally the fact that when you ask for help, you often find the issue promptly corrected for you, whereas you would like to know how to correct yourself.”

All points duly noted by our team, and we hope that you’ll soon notice significant improvement on them all!

… and what do you dislike most about our products?

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What should we work on?

What percentage of our askia design development time should we spend on these possible features?

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There were still a large number of respondents who, without prompting, mentioned an improvement on screens is required. It is too difficult to achieve their requirements. There is a huge appetite for a screen editor that would be more WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get).

You’d also like us to work on:

  •         Short captions for responses or an easy way of clearing html from question elements
  •         More automation for building surveys
  •         Other specify in loops / grid tables

What percentage of our askia voice development time should we spend on these possible features?

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Unprompted requests for SMS surveys saw a number of mentions as did speech to text technology, agent and interview evaluations and more variety/flexibility in the reports offered. Finally, clients consistently wanted dev time to be invested in maximising stability, including better diagnostics, tools and measures to prevent the causes of downtime.

What percentage of our askia analyse development time should we spend on these possible features?

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Apart from the above areas, you would very much like to see the speed and stability for large volume or complicated data sets improve in both askiaanalyse and askiavista.

Intellisence in all analyse script windows*, more find options* and askiavista 6 admin mode all saw mentions as well as more progress bars in both apps when running lengthy tasks.

Already implemented in Analyse 5.4.6.0

What percentage of our askia web development time should we spend on these possible features?

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You would like to see easier jumping in their surveys to aid testing. A parallax or single page view of any survey would be welcomed as would the ability to upload and reuse media in a web survey. Online focus groups/panels and the usual request of reopening links which are screened or quota failed saw mentions.

What percentage of our askia face development time should we spend on these possible features?

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The most consistent theme was reducing the number of crashes in the app.

Askia face users also mentioned the following features they would like to see development time spent on:

  •         Message notifications to interviewer devices or in app/survey from supervisors / agents
  •         Remote control or automatic options such as force survey update or auto sync interviews when connected to web
  •         Audio / screen recording of interviews
  •         Easier handling of multiple visit / session interviews

What else would you like to see?

Askia Users also asked for: web reporting for all supervisor functionality and perhaps dashboarding capabilities for this, connection to panel management systems and media (video / picture / audio file) coding.

Rating the software

  •         82% were either very satisfied or satisfied (up 6% on last wave)
  •         15% were neutral (down 5% on last year)
  •         2% were dissatisfied and less than half a % was ‘Very dissatisfied’

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Rating the support

In terms of overall satisfaction:

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  •         80% were either very satisfied or satisfied (up 9% on last wave)
  •         8% were neutral (down 17% on last wave)
  •         3% were dissatisfied and less than half a % was ‘Very dissatisfied’

Respondents were asked to rate their satisfaction with certain attributes of the support team:

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When it comes to improving Support, you’d like us to be better at explaining the solutions so that you can learn from it. Showing how you figured out the answer and what were the underlying causes. Points that were mentioned a few times:

  •         Support should test their solutions before they send or ask the client to try them
  •         They should listen and try to understand the issue before responding
  •         If it’s a fault of the software, explain what measures will be put in place to stop the same problem happening again
  •         More out of hours support
  •         Easier to navigate documentation, blogs, articles and of course as much of them in French as in English!

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How does support compare?

When askia users were asked to compare askia support to other technical support service providers, we rated higher in 2015 and higher still in 2017!

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Your feedback is very important to us, so please do not hesitate to send your comments, questions or why not, suggestions for next year’s survey!

You can take a closer look at the results in Vista by clicking here.

One last word…

If you’ve read our entire analysis: wow, we’re impressed! But perhaps you’ve just picked the information you needed then skipped directly to the conclusion. Either way, we cannot say it enough: we are extremely grateful for the time you spent on our behalf, first sharing your thoughts and comments in the User Survey, then reading our answers and analysis in this post.

It’s you, the Askia Users, who keep us growing and improving day by day and you’re the reason we get up in the morning (together with software, our loved ones, and a few other things).

Please continue to be an active part of the Askia community and we guarantee we will make it worth your time!

Askia exhibiting at Research & Results 2017

In about a month’s time, over 3,000 Market Research professionals will flock to Munich to attend Research & Results, one of the leading international trade show for the industry.

Askia is a regular exhibitor at Research & Results and this year again, a sizeable Askia contingent will be in attendance, with team members traveling from Germany, France and Belgium for the occasion.

Visitors, who can register online for free, are sure to be kept busy with 175 exhibitors and over 100 workshops to choose from. This year will also see the introduction of a brand new innovation area.

If you’re planning to attend, please make sure you stop by the Askia stand # 138 in Hall 1. We look forward to seeing you there!

Research & Results
25-26 October 2017
MOC Munich, Germany