A quite substantial contingent from Askia will be attending the ESOMAR Congress on September 18-21 at the Hyatt Regency in New Orleans, LA. For those of you who plan to attend, we’ll be at booth #6 in the exhibition space, where we hope you’ll swing by to see us.
The other bit of significant news is that, true to tradition, we’ll be hosting a party immediately following ESOMAR’s Welcome Reception. Details are as follows:
Sunday, September 18th from 8:30 PM until late.
Victory, an intimate cocktail bar about a 5-minute walk from the Hyatt.
We look forward to seeing you there for drinks and some delicious Creole cooking!
Even though we’ve been on holidays, some of our dedicated support staff have been working hard to provide you with some great resources for your upcoming surveys: help articles, new survey controls and more!
Here’s an overview of all the new goodies you’ll be able to find on our help centre:
This short article covers all the basics on Universes, an often misunderstood feature of askiaanalyse. It’s indeed often ambiguously connected to another Filters / Sub-populations.
The article in detail how Universes do not change the counts but change the percentages in your table and details each of the associated values that can be assigned to a Universe for a given table / set of tables:
Create grouped or calculated responses which are assigned to questions in the myView questionnaire tree
Setting up a myView comes in handy in cases such as:
Survey files with long structure e.g. when the data file has lots of loops or historic questions and has become difficult to navigate through
Files shared between a data processing (DP) team and researchers can contain many variables that are not needed by the researchers.
A data file might have sections of it allocated to different researchers e.g. country specific sections. A different .mlv (myView definition file) file can be supplied to each team to show only the profile of questions they will be dealing with.
Part 4 of the meticulous series of articles on on Column Significance is once again a very thorough piece on this calculation and it’s various settings.
This article is specific to the Student Test using estimator & efficiency coefficient. It demonstrates how to create a table which shows the pre-set Col Sig calculation side by side with the programmed calculation for the same test. It provides all steps as well as an example questionnaire and dataset that you can access directly in the source article.
Cross video survey control
This survey control is similar to our Video control but provides extra support for all browsers and will even fallback to Flash video for those still using legacy browsers.
This brand new ADC 2.0 survey control allows you to add lightboxed image galleries within your surveys. This mobile friendly gallery is fully packed with features such as: zoom in, zoom out, full-screen, keyboard controls, …
This new feature allows you to setup an askiaface for iOS (for iPad only) questionnaire as a Kiosque survey. A Kiosque survey enables you to provide a self-interviewing environment with the following:
Loop interviews: as soon as the current interview is completed, a new one is automatically generated and displayed on the tablet.
Secured kiosque mode: users can only exit Kiosque mode after providing the per Askiafield server password.
Inactive kiosque interview management: if no activity is detected on an in-progress Kiosque interview for at least x minutes, the application will abandon that interview and generate a new one. Of course, you decide on a per server basis the duration of the timeout.
Disclaimer: Kiosque mode is currently offered as a freely accessible trial. Access to this feature will be subject to specific licensing.
Schedule daily sync
To accompany the above new Kiosque mode, we’ve added the possibility to schedule daily survey data syncing.
This will allow you to synchronise all your survey data without having to operate each Kiosque devices. Even though this feature is only available on devices on which at least one Kiosque survey has been setup, it will sync data (interviews as well as questionnaire updates) for all available surveys on the device.
Access the Schedule Daily sync in the app’s sidebar and set the time of day to trigger the synchronisation. You’ll of course be able to deactivate feature when you no longer need it by simply toggling the Daily Sync switch.
As usual, we have also fixed some issues:
Various fixes on issues with keyboard input in the Settings view.
Fixed a performance issue in the app views.
This update is already available via the App Store and will soon be available on your favourite Android devices!
In order to allow our users to further engage with their respondents, we have been relentlessly adding new survey controls to our software offering. These controls, also known as ADCs (Askia Design Controls) are freely accessible to all Askia users and allow extended customisation so they fit your needs.
Below, a selection of our latest survey controls:
The Responsive Table ADC allows you to embed grid (matrix) questions in your survey without having to worry about mobile and tablet respondents. The table will expand / collapse depending on your respondent’s available screen real estate.
Displaying images in your survey is straightforward but sometimes you need your respondents to actually be able to view image details and benefit from a larger version of the image in order to answer a question. This is where this ADC will help as it will allow you to provide a larger render of your image without the hassle of laying out your survey page for a wider / higher image (especially when your respondents are accessing your survey from a mobile device).
We’ve been adding a host of new articles and survey resources to our Help Centre; here are some of the most noteworthy of them:
Quota Monitoring for Analyse & Vista
This article shows the use of the Read quota function in a Closed by scripts created variable. We combine this function with table arithmetic scripts to create a portfolio that will allow you to monitor the progress of your quotas as new data is collected. The examples are shown in Analyse and Vista 6.
This simple yet complete solution only requires you use the latest version of AskiaVista (188.8.131.52) and Analyse (184.108.40.206) and higher; of course, you’ll also need a survey with at least one quota question with some data!
This article details the use of arithmetic calculations to look up data from one table layout (broken into separate tables by edge response) into another table layout (summary in single table).
Basically, the idea is to create a new tab definition which has the structure required and then do a lookup of the values from the original table(s) into this new table (by using the GetTable method). The original tables are broken by edge response to produce 7 tables:
The goal is to obtain the results as below with the attached table structure:
Programming Col Sig (means): Classical Student Test
This article demonstrates how to script the formula for Student Test and Student Test using estimator for testing means. Formula and syntax are shown for tables using regular mean calculations as well as Script (mean) calculations which would be used in a mean summary table.
The article details how to program Column Significance tests for means using both the Classical Student test as well as the Student test using estimator.
This brand new Askia Design Control allows you to provide rating-like annotations to one or more images. It is extremely simple to add to your survey as it only requires an open-ended question in a nested loop.
See the video demo below:
You can also take a look at the source article to pick up the ADC or the example survey.
New ADC: auto-complete
This last Askia Design Control allows you to provide a searchable list of responses to your interviewers and/or respondents. This simple survey control just requires an open-ended question and the data source for the responses (XLS, XLSX, CSV, … converted to JSON).
We are pleased to announce that we have just released an update to askiaface for iOS: version 3.1.1. This update includes the following improvements and fixes:
Updated Base SDK to iOS 9.3
Added Remove survey feature
Integrated UI for remove survey feature
Added specific warning when deleting a survey with / without interviews
Fix when resuming interview on a preliminary selection loops
Fix on response blocks that contain MS Word’s `…` special character
The main feature, Delete survey, allows you to remove an available survey from the list of questionnaires:
If ever you remove a survey for which you still have complete and/or incomplete interviews that have not been synced back to the askiafield server, the iOS app will warn you and require you synchronise your data before removing the survey:
Once all local interviews for that survey have been synced, you can delete the survey:
Base SDK updated
We have updated the base SDK used to build askiaface for iOS to version 9.3 (the latest available) in order to benefit from various performance improvements and fixes. The application now supports devices running iOS 8+, iOS 7.x is no longer supported.
This update is available directly from the App Store so head there to get the update!
Community Panels specialists, Verve, founded in 2008 and with offices in London, Leeds, Chicago and Toronto, conducts full-service market research whether it be online, offline, qual, quant or mobile.
By utilizing the power of their clients’ Community Panel assets, Verve provides online spaces where dialogue with customers can take place. This could be small Community Panels of say 50-100 panelists, permanent spaces of 100,000 or more, and everything in between.
Verve’s Technology Director Amyas Peto told us that Askia’s advances into panel management systems with Platform One, the first genuinely unified Insights Management Platform, have had an enormously positive effect on their business. He said that “being able to fully automate the collation of all survey and profiling data, as well as website data, into a single, central location, along with the significantly enhanced data querying that this allows, has had a huge impact on our efficiency and the level of service we are able to offer our clients.”
If you’d like to learn more about what Platform One has to offer and you have as little as 3 minutes 25 seconds to spare, you can check out our explainer video:
As you may already know, we added support for the Highcharts visualisation library as of version 6.0 of askiavista; and while it provides all the necessary visualisation needs for our online data analysis application, we had designed askiavista’s API to be agnostic when it comes to charting libraries.
We have therefore played with both of those types of charts; from simple visualisations:
… to more complex and advanced charts:
These Lab type demos are hooked up from a classic Askia survey via askiavista’s API to the D3 components. While D3 is not integrated by default in our API tooling, it is a simple proof-of-concept of such an implementation.