Online survey tools

We currently have a professional subscription to SurveyMonkey software to create online surveys – it’s very user friendly and inexpensive, but I am finding that the reporting aspect leaves much to be desired since it just exports in “.csv” format, which is similar to Excel.

Then the data still needs some manual tweaking in order to make sense and be transferred to charts etc. If we have a large number of responses and/or a large amount of qualitative data, then this process becomes extremely onerous and time consuming.

I wondered if anyone has experience with any other (online) survey creation software and what you might recommend?

Any feedback or suggestions would be much appreciated!


One Response to Online survey tools

  1. susan bailey November 14, 2006 at 9:15 am #


    I am the Library Assessment Coordinator at Emory’s main library, a new position I have held for about a year now.

    We have used SurveyMonkey for a number of things as well, but I wanted something that seemed more flexible in terms of exporting the data. I have been using Formdesk over the past six months or so, and I like it a lot. You can export the data as Access, Excel, dBase, FoxPro, Text, XML. I also like the option of being able to make the results publicly viewable by others, so that if you are creating a database, others can see what entries have already been entered. Let me know if I can provide any additional info. You can get an idea (although the data is crude!) of what others can see from entered forms at:

    Good luck!

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