Setting up automatic response

Suppose you have a multiple response question consisting of, say, 5 answer options. Two of these answer options are so common that they are actually already more or less routinely selected by all participants. You can then indicate for these answer options that they should be enabled automatically. When a participant arrives at the corresponding question in the survey, these answer options will already be selected. This selection can only not be undone by a participant.

In the example above, two answer options (colours) are already automatically selected. However, a participant is able to select further colours.

Setting up functionality

Initially, for example, you include a multiple response question in your survey. After you have defined the question text and optionally the hint text, you can include the five answer options, e.g. colours. All these colours are automatically assigned a unique value, which can be adjusted if necessary, e.g. Red (value: 1), Green (value: 2), Blue (value: 3), Yellow (value: 4) and Orange (value: 5).

Note: The Force response setting should NOT be ticked.

Then, prior to the multiple response question, you add a value assignment. In this element, you can include a formula (e.g. q1_1 = 1 & q1_2 = 1). In the Execute setting, you must select the option Anytime (immediately after every change to an involved variable).

The formula accompanying the value assignment in the figure above can be interpreted as follows:

  • q1_1 = 1 > the first answer option (Red) from the multiple response question with question code q1 is enabled;
  • q1_2 = 1 > the second answer option (Green) from the multiple response question with question code q1 is enabled.

The new functionality is ready to use. During testing, you will observe that the first two answer options to the question have already been selected. These answers are also included by default in the raw data, the online report and the various reports. A response score of 100% is always achieved for the answers set up by default.

Updated on June 12, 2023

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