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Qualtrics and Survey Research at BC

04/27/11

Qualtrics is a web-based survey design tool currently licensed for use by students, faculty, and staff in Arts & Sciences, the Lynch School of Education, the Connell School of Nursing, and the Carroll School of Management. Features of Qualtrics as an online survey tool include:

  1. A simple survey design tool (Quick Survey Builder) to get started, an extensive library of survey templates for a variety of disciplines, as well as more complex functionality that allows survey designers to customize their survey formats with HTML and JavaScript.
  2. A number of easy ways for survey respondents to take the survey, including survey links that may be embedded in mailings and the ability to email individualized invitations to survey respondents. Survey links may also be sent through a mass mailing or posted on a website. Qualtrics also provides easy ways to preserve respondent anonymity.
  3. A number of tools for viewing and analyzing survey responses, as well as for exporting survey results into other statistical analysis tools such as SPSS or Stata. Qualtrics also provides easy exportability of reports into Word, Powerpoint, or PDF format.
  4. Online user support including public webinars, video tutorials, a searchable knowledge base, research articles, bibliographies and extensive documentation.  For more information, see: www.qualtrics.com/university.

If you’re conducting research at Boston College, it is important to make sure that your specific online research complies with the policies of the Office of Research Integrity and Compliance (www.bc.edu/research/oric/compliance.html) and your funding agency.

Research Services can assist with ensuring that your Qualtrics surveys or other surveys comply with the necessary requirements, including security.  If Qualtrics or another survey tool does not meet your needs, Research Services will consult with you about other options such as designing a custom survey or hosting your survey on a secure server at Boston College.

To request access to Qualtrics or learn more about a free (but limited) trial account, contact researchservices@bc.edu.

Research Services offers Qualtrics tutorials every semester, including the summer, as well as other tutorials and workshops. Learn more here.

For more information about surveys, contact Rani Dalgin.  Rani has an MSW and M.Ed. in Social Work and Counseling Psychology from Washington University in St. Louis. She has many years’ experience designing and analyzing surveys for quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods research.  Rani also has expertise in analytic and statistical research software tools such as SPSS, HyperResearch, Nvivo, and Atlas.ti.