Create Survey Templates
By Mark Sinclair
updated 4 months ago
About Survey Templates
Survey Templates contain questions, headings, instructions, page breaks and conditional logic. In Spark Chart, Survey Templates are NOT survey projects. They are templates that can be used in multiple projects.
Important: When ready to conduct a survey project, you create a project, select a survey template and launch the project. The template is copied into the project when you launch it. There you can customise the presentation, deploy surveys and create reports. Editing a survey template will not change a survey in a launched project. If you wish to change the survey in a project simply edit the survey template and re-launch the project.
Why do we do this? To avoid accidental changes to live survey projects, and to make it easy to re-use survey templates in different projects.
What is in this help article
Learn about adding Conditional Logic here.
The Survey Templates Menu
The Survey Templates menu lists all survey templates. Surveys can be organised using the Tags feature. Learn more about Tags here.
Creating a Survey Template
To create a new survey template, go to the Survey Templates menu and choose "+ New Survey Template" at the top of the page. There are two choices. Choose "Empty Survey" and build a survey from scratch. Or, choose "From library" and then select and install a survey template from our library.
Choose the Make Project button to start a project and add the welcome and finish pages and customize the branding
The Survey Library
The Survey Library contains ready-made survey templates that can be installed instantly. These survey templates can be used as-is in projects or they can be edited.
Previewing a Survey Template
There is a Survey Preview feature to view and test the content of a survey template (questions, instructions, page breaks). Data checks are performed but responses are not stored. Look for the preview icon alongside the survey template or at the top of the page. Note: The optional welcome and finish pages, logo, title, branding, colours, registration form, footer, consent form and more are not show in the preview. They are added when creating a project.
We highly recommend piloting surveys in a live project before deploying to wider audiences. Here is a blog article form our website with tips to conduct a survey pilot.
Adding Survey Content
To add or edit survey content, go to the Survey Templates menu and select the Content button alongside the survey. This is where to build the :
- Survey questions (statements) are the questions or statements where participants enter their responses. For example, Free Text comments, Multiple Choice and Rating Scale. Accounts come with pre-installed Rating Scales. Customised Rating Scales and Answer Lists can be created in the TOOLS menu.
- Text can be used for inserting instructions, messages or headings. Rich text formatting is available.
- Page Breaks control how many survey items appear on each page on the web. Survey responses are saved when participants move to the next page.
To insert a Survey Question, select the + New Survey Content buttons at the top of the page or choose the Insert button below the content items. To edit a survey question, select the Edit button alongside the survey question in the survey content.
Survey Text, Images, Videos and More
To insert survey text, select the + New Survey Content button at the top of the page and choose "Text". "Text" can be used to insert instructions, headings, images, videos and more throughout the survey. Note: The Welcome and Finish pages can be added to the live survey project when setting it up the live survey project.
To insert a page, select the + New Survey Content button at the top of the survey content page or the Insert button below each content item. Inserting a page creates a new page with "Next" and "Previous" buttons as participants complete the survey. Pages are useful for separating survey sections and different types of questions. They also help to ensure that respondents do not lose many responses if they are interrupted while completing the survey. Survey responses are saved each time a respondent clicks the "Next" button.
Copy survey questions
Questions in Survey templates can now be copied with all layout settings. This saves time for users when they are entering many questions with the same layout. Select the purple copy button and then edit the copied question.
Sorting Survey Content
To sort or re-order survey content, move the mouse cursor to the element with the up and down arrows and drag it to the desired position.
Making changes to the content of a survey template will not affect a live survey project. The survey template is copied into the project when it is made live. This is to avoid accidentally changing a live survey.
Survey Question Types
Survey question types include Free Text, Multiple Choice Single Answer, Multiple Choice Multiple Answer, Answer List, Rating Scale and Rating Scale Matrix.
Steps to create a question.
- Enter the question or statement text.
- Enter instructions specifically related to the survey question/statement. This is optional. These instructions appear below the survey question. Rich text formatting is available.
- Select the Answer Type and create the answer options relevant to the Answer Type. Standard Rating Scales are provided with a Spark Chart account. You can also create your own customised Rating Scales and Answer Lists under the TOOLS menu.
- The Question Options will vary for each answer type.
- The Layout Options will vary for each answer type.
- Select whether an answer is required. By default, this is set to optional/not required. We recommend that questions remain optional and only use required by exception.
- Decide whether to allow participants to add comments to their response. Allowing comments can be very useful for reporting as the comments are attached to the specific question.
- Choose a Question Theme if desired. Think of Question Themes as being the survey objectives. Multiple themes are allowed. Themes are not visible to survey participants.
- Click "Save" to store the question and selections in the survey.
The Survey add/edit window
Free Text questions
Free Text questions allow respondents to respond to questions or statements with their comments.
Multiple Choice Options
Multiple Choice options may be added individually from the + Add Option button or may be added from a typed or pasted list from the Quick Add button. Templates are provided for commonly used multiple choice options - like Yes/No and Agree/Disagree.
Change the order of Multiple Choice question options by dragging them using the arrow button to the left of the option.
Minimum and Maximum response requirements can be set for Multiple Choice - Multiple Answer questions and also for Answer List questions.
Answer List Questions
Answer Lists are simply multiple choice lists that you have created and saved under the Tools/Answer Lists menu. They are useful for regularly used lists to save retyping each time.
Answer Lists are created and stored in the Answer Lists Menu.
Rating Scale Questions
Rating Scales are a type of survey question (or statement) that is commonly used in surveys. They are useful because they allow comparison of responses from one question to another. Rating scales contain "Values" that allow report calculations and "Labels" to define the scale item for interpretation and to make answering easier for respondents.
There are options to choose a Vertical or Horizontal layout for presentation of the response options in the survey.
By default, the scale is presented from Lowest to Highest value. There is an option to "Invert" the scale and show Highest to Lowest value.
Accounts and surveys from the library come with pre-installed common Rating Scales.
Rating Scales are created and stored in the Rating Scale menu ready for use in surveys.
Matrix Rating Scale and Matrix Answer List Questions
Matrix questions can be created by choosing the Rating Scale Matrix question or Answer List Matrix type and adding the matrix items. In the survey project, the Matrix items are presented vertically, with the rating scale appearing horizontally above the response columns. On mobile devices the Matrix layout will revert to presenting questions separately and vertically one question at a time. This is to ensure ease of completion by survey participants.
There is a dropdown option for Answer List Matrix questioins
Copying a Survey Template
To copy a survey template, including the contents, select the Copy button alongside the survey template. Then, edit the name and description, default Rating Scale (optional), default Answer List (optional) and choose "Save". The copy feature is useful to create a modified version of a survey.
Archive, Restore or Delete a Survey Template
Please refer to this help article https://help.sparkchart.com/article/89-archive-recycle-and-delete for a full explanation of the archive, restore and delete options.
Projects, Survey Templates and Tools (Mail Templates, Rating Scales, Answer Lists, Themes) can be archived by selecting the Archive icon along side the project. Archived items can also be restored or deleted permanently. Archived items will show in a Tag called "Archived" in the left hand menu.
It is important to remember that if you delete a survey template that is currently linked to a project which is not launched, you will need to select a new survey for that project. Launched projects are not affected by deleting the survey template.
Conditional Logic (including Skip Logic and other Advanced Logic Features
Conditional Logic can be added using the Logic Button alongside individual questions. Read more about Logic here conditional-logic-including-skip-logic.
Net Promoter Score – Automatic score calculation and a Gauge in reports
The Net Promoter Score now calculates automatically for all questions with a rating scale ranging from 0 to 10. A Gauge with a scale from -100 to +100 will show for NPS questions in reports.
Additionally, reports can be filtered by selected dates, meaning NPS can be measured and reported over time to allow comparison of performance between time periods.