New from the vault

If like us, you’ve been busy spending your time working (building surveys, helping clients, upgrading software, reading logs, …), you may not have had a chance to keep up with the latest tips & tricks from our Help Centre. Feel free to have a flick through our latest picks:

Design & Analyse FAQs

Your first steps with Askia’s range of software are now even smoother! The askiadesign & askiaanalyse FAQs will help cover your needs when start building your first questionnaire or analysing your first survey results.

Askia analyse FAQ screenshot

Access the Design FAQ and/or the Analyse FAQ to take a look!

How to import / export Askiavista projects

Upgrading your Askiavista server environment? Using a staging server before deploying your Askiavista projects to your live environment? Look no further, this article walks us through the simple steps of using AskiaVista Tool to import and/or export Askiavista projects from one server to another.

AskiaVista Tool screenshot

This nifty application allows AskiaVista administrators to manage the import / export of Vista project related components: Portfolios, Filters, Weightings, Profiles, Calculated variables, Chart templates, Table styles, …

Check out the full article for more details.

Web survey link encryption

As from version 5.3.5, we’ve had the ability to send survey links with URL encryption / prettyfying. Up until now, encryption could only be achieved manually and was only reserved for StartSurvey link type. We have therefore created a script which allows you to encrypt survey links by batch, based on a CSV file. With this script, you can encrypt many URLs at once.

Therefore, a standard DoExternalPanel link with some extra parameters looks like:

http://mydomain.com/WebProd/cgi-bin/askiaext.dll?Action=DoExternalPanel&SurveyName=fullurl&Broker=askia&BrokerPanelId=4&tT=ad

And the encrypted version would return a URL like:

http://mydomain.com/WebProd/~jgAqch8-_cm6F4j1VIJMvSW8l_cYjUaX

Vista API tutorial

This article is a followup to the first API tutorial, it showcases a series of bite-sized examples to highlight important features of the Vista API.

askiavista API tutorial illustration

This extensive tutorial covers all the basics for Vista API development through 11 examples that feature such concepts as: displaying a cross-tab via the getPages method, securing your dashboard with a login page, grouping multiple requests to improve load management and client-side performance, retrieving a list of questions and/or responses via the askiavista.getQuestions and the askiavista.getResponses methods, adding a dropdown menu to your dashboards, … and many more!

Using Amazon S3 for resource uploads for Askiaface on iOS/Android

Using an external service to automatically upload your survey’s media captured on your iOS and/or Android devices is a very convenient way to centralise all such assets and a great method of securing all such resources.

This article covers all the steps from setting up your Amazon S3 account, checking all S3 settings and prepping your survey’s media capture questions in order to automate the upload of all media content.

Read the article for the full picture!

Latest resources for our users

Even tough 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:

Universe settings

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.

Universe settings screenshot

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:

  1. All interviews
  2. Use selected responses
  3. Use question base
  4. Use answering base

Check out the full article.

Simplify your data analysis with myView

This comprehensive article describes the purpose and use of the myView feature in askiaanalyse. This feature allows users to create an alternative view of the questionnaire tree. In this view you can:

  • Re-order questions / responses
  • Hide questions / responses
  • Change overall structure / indent & create chapters
  • Change captions of questions and responses
  • 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.

Read the full article here.

Programming Col Sig (part 4)

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.

Cross Video ADC 2.0 header image

You can check out the demo or go grab the survey control!

Light gallery

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, …

Lightbox image gallery

Go take a look at the demo or head to the article to download it!

Target

Another brand new ADC 2.0, Target provides a playful survey control for numerical loops to your respondents that will allow them to drag and drop elements on a target to assign values to each.

Target survey control

You can play around with the demo or go check the article for more information!

New Knowledge Base articles!

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 (6.0.3.8) and Analyse (5.3.5.2) and higher; of course, you’ll also need a survey with at least one quota question with some data!

Quota Monitoring in AskiaAnalyse screenshot
Quota Monitoring in AskiaAnalyse
Quota Monitoring in AskiaVista screenshot
Quota Monitoring in AskiaVista

Check the example Quota Monitoring setup in AskiaVista online and read the full article to start monitoring your quota management during fieldwork!

Using table arithmetics to lookup other tables

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:

Using table arithmetic to lookup other tables 01

The goal is to obtain the results as below with the attached table structure:

Using table arithmetic to lookup other tables 02

Check out the full article.

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.

You can read the article and check the attached example .QES & Portfolio.

How to disable input on Numeric keypad

This article provides a simple snippet of JavaScript to allow you to disable input from the respondent’s or interviewer’s Numeric keypad.

This snippet works for askiaweb as well as askiavoice and askiaface (when using web screens).

Read the full article to start using the code snippet.

Design FAQ

Rather than an article, this Help Centre page list many of the most frequently asked questions concerning askiadesign. Here are some examples of such questions:

  • How should I name my survey questions?
  • How can I change the default theme for my surveys?
  • Is my version of askiadesign up-to-date?

There are many more such questions, so don’t hesitate to check out the FAQ page to see what it’s all about!

Embed an online video in a questionnaire

This article demonstrate the process of embedding video content from an online video source (e.g Youtube, Vimeo, Dailymotion, …) in your survey:

Embed an online video in an Askia survey screenshot

See the article so you can setup your own Rick Astley survey :)

New ADC: map

A new map Askia Design Control! This one is a bit particular as it allows you to many different maps for your survey controls:

  • France
  • United Kingdom
  • USA
  • Germany
  • Belgium
  • Italy

Below, some of the maps:

France map survey control screenshot
France map survey control
USA map survey control screenshot
USA map survey control

Download the new map ADC.

New ADC: pinboard

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).

See the below video introduction:

You can once again read the original article to download the ADC and check out the example survey.

Knowledge base updates

Below a quick introduction to the latest articles added to our Knowledge base by our tech support team.

Significance Testing for Overlapping & Independent Samples

This article gives more information on the situations in which overlapping samples can be sig tested in askiaanalyse. This KB article explains the correct tests to use when testing for significance in independent or overlapping samples.

Significance testing diagram

If you are sig testing columns and it’s the case that a respondent belongs to more than one column (e.g. in a multi-coded question or loop summary table) then the most statistically accurate tests to use are the paired tests. Otherwise, it’s the independent tests.

Check out the knowledge base article for the detailed version.

Clean up your askiafield environment

As with many server applications, we, as users, tend to let our askiafield server environment clutter with files, leftover metadata other useless tidbits. These can slow down the host environment and even impact production performance.
We have added a complete guide to get rid of this unused data, free up some space on your askiafield server.

From freeing up memory to speed up application responsiveness to backing up your SQL data and askiafield data to save storage space.

More information in the full article.

Programming Column Significance

This 3-part article details the use of Student Test column significance calculations in askiaanalyse. Each part of this article concentrates on specific aspect of these calculations:

1. Classical Student Test

This article demonstrates a scenario in which which we would need to script the formula for Classical student test on closed question. It shows the formula and gives two examples on how to program it with a few tips on how to refine the syntax and mirror settings in the pre-set col sig calculation.

2. Student test using estimator

This article demonstrates how to script the formula for Student Test using estimator on closed questions. Formula and syntax are shown along with tips on how to mirror particular settings in the pre-set col sig calculation.

3. Student test using efficiency coefficient

This article demonstrates how to script the formula for Student Test using efficiency coefficient on closed questions. Formula and syntax are shown. There is also a demonstration of calculating Effective base manually.

Read this 3-part article:

Freshly infused knowledge base articles

In case you missed them, here is a recap of the latest batch of freshly pressed Knowledge base articles, directly extracted from Askia’s Help Centre.

Highlight row and column header in question tables

This one is a little treat for survey designers looking to sweeten the look and feel of their question tables.This comes along with a nice buy 1 million youtube views guide for you bussines.
Thanks to a couple of css classes and a jQuery script, row and column headers will change colour when their associated cells are hovered.

Check out the example and explanation on Askia’s Knowledge Base

64/32bit ODBC drivers

For those who decided to take a step forward and use the AskiaField platform as a 64bit application, links to external databases will also need to be upgraded.

ODBC2

Here is how it’s done

.QES file limitations

Can this question shortcut actually be a full sentence ? How big can a question table be ?
If you happen to wonder what physical limitations could harness your creativity in terms of survey design, check out this updated version of the various file limitations list.

New in the Knowledge Base

We’ve recently added a host of new articles to Askia’s Help Centre, for those of you who haven’t had the time to check them out, here’s a breakdown of the new Knowledge Base posts:

Survey intros & outros

Survey intros (AskiaIntro) & outros (AskiaOutro) have been specifically designed for askiavoice CATi interviewing. They allow users to add an intro and/or an outro section to their survey.

Survey intros & outros

The AskiaIntro section will be asked to the respondent for each contact (once per call) and can therefore be used to screen our respondent.

The AskiaOutro section will be asked each time the interviewer closes the interview and can be used with routing logic (and even JavaScript) to enhance it.

Check out the KB article for all the details.

Setting up a multi-mode survey

While askiafield 5.3.5 integrates a built-in module for managing multi-modal surveys, this article allows you to deploy such data collection methodologies when using prior versions.

This in-depth post will provide all the information necessary for you to set up a CAWI to CATI or a CATI to CAWI survey.

Read more about how to setup multi-modal data collection and download our example survey.

New ADC 2.0: Star rating

We’ve added a brand new Askia Design Control (2.0) to our free library of survey assets:

Star rating Askia Design Control

This new JavaScript control is designed for single and numerical questions and can be, as usual, heavily customised (colours, text, tooltips, number of stars, statement styling, …).

Take the demo survey for a spin or download the Star rating ADC 2.0 now!

Do-Not-Contact lists

Since askiafield 5.1, we have added the possibility to create a list of contacts you don’t want to call or email: Do-Not-Contact lists.

Such lists allow you to easily manage blacklisted contacts directly from within the interface of Supervisor.

Go through the detailed article to setup your own blacklists.

Adding new chart types to askiavista 6.x

Askiavista 6.x makes use of the very extensive Highcharts charting library but we have only added certain basic chart types be default in the application.

However, this article details the few very simple steps in order to add any number of new chart types:

Adding new charts to askiavista

Read the Knowledge Base article for more information on how to add new charts to askiavista 6!

Script calculations in askiaanalyse

Script calculations are a great way of setting up your tables in a more efficient manner. They give you the ability to achieve tables which would not be possible otherwise.

Script calculation properties in askiaanalyse

This in-depth KB article introduces calculations which use scripts; it also shows examples of how they can be used to make a table set-up more efficient and concise.

Setting up an expired portfolio page for askiavista 6.x

Askiavista 6’s new Portfolio Link Management allows users to customise & fine-tune their askiavista reports (embed tables, charts, text, images, …) as well as set expiry dates for each such portfolios in order to prevent access after a certain date.

However, by default, such expired portfolios will trigger a 410 web server error and your end-users will be greeted by a not-so-sexy web server error.

This article therefore details all the necessary steps in order to create your own custom expired portfolio page(s).

New Knowledge Base articles incoming!

We have been regularly updating Askia’s Help centre with various KB articles that cover our software offering. Here are some of these latest articles:

Askiadesign: about:blank error message

Microsoft recently updated Internet Explorer. This update may cause the below error message to be displayed in askiadesign:

about:blank error message in askiadesign

See the full article to fix this issue.

Askiafield: Data exports: Methods, Pros & Cons

This in-depth article covers all you need to know about the different data export methods along with the pros & cons for each method. From Supervisor’s Export to QES file to Analyse’s Data Inversion; this article also details SQL Synchronisation from AskiaTools as well as the powerful Fast Export method.

Read the full article for the detailed explanations.

 Askiaanalyse: Mean Summary Tables

This article goes through step by step examples and explanations of how to set up calculations in Analyse which will create a mean or sum summary table. There is also an introduction to script formatting and advanced sorting for such calculations.
This detailed article also provides downloadable example .QES files.

Access the KB article for more details.

Askiafield: Survey XML file is corrupt

Askiaface for iOS & Android make use of the XML version of the .QEX file; it sometimes occurs that certain characters (trailing spaces, &, >, <, …) will cause the survey’s XML definition to be invalid.

This article guides you through the necessary steps to fix a corrupt XML file: by identifying the cuplrit(s) and getting rid of them!

Check out the article for more details.

Askiafield: wildcards

This article describes how to use the Wildcard feature in Supervisor to find and update sample contacts based on regular expressions. Wildcards are a set of extremely useful tools that can power your workflow when searching / targeting specific contacts with large sample files.

Read the detailed article for more information.

Props to Seyf, Stephen & Jérome D for their contribution!