I’m currently in the process of preparing a survey of skeptics/atheists about feminism and feminist identity. I have been experimenting with survey tools, making my way through the most common ones that I’ve heard about in my department and online. I’m not a tech wiz or anything, but I can usually figure out software pretty quickly, and most importantly, I know when a piece of software is going to give me a problem. I’m not going to spend this blog complaining, but the two other tools I tried either had awkward user interfaces or they were ridiculously expensive. So, I ended up going with SoGoSurvey.
As you can see, the Question Manager tab is pretty simple, and if anything seems confusing it’s pretty easy to bring up a help screen to get clarification.
Entering questions is also painless, although the text box seems overly large for most surveys. I suppose if you want to write a scenario, having a mini word-processor makes sense.
This is the part where I find that survey tools get confusing. Selecting a question type should be a simple process, but some other programs make you hunt all over the place or sit through a lengthy description of what each question type means. I don’t like to have my hand held and I prefer to be able to find everything in one place.
I haven’t fully explored SoGoSurvey, so I can’t write in great detail about the program just yet, but after I pass ethics I’ll give it more consideration and prepare a longer review. The paid editions offer guaranteed anonymity, which is important for social scientists. You can also generate a survey key. All versions allow you to publish to social media, which is important for my project because I’m going to be recruiting participants from Facebook and Twitter. More later!