Survey Galaxy Tutorial | Ranking
Ranking is the term used for the format that allows a respondent to choose
from a selection of answers in a particular order such as 'most important first'.
This tutorial will show how to implement ranking into a survey using the Survey
To include a ranking format in your survey when creating a survey item select
the 'Data Entry & Ranking Fields' format.
Enter the text for the question, a sub-text if required and list
the questions/answer options.
Provide a column heading for the ranking column and then click
on the 'Define Column Attributes' button.
The column attribute settings will be displayed in a pop-up window.
Click on the ranking column's 'Data Type' list box to view the available
data types, each data type is described at the bottom of the display window.
For the purpose of this tutorial the recommended 'ranked, asc, scoring reversed'
data type will be used.
When a respondent chooses by clicking on one of the available answer options
the 'ranked, asc, scoring reversed' data type will number their selections
sequentially i.e. 1,2,3 etc. but the results will be scored in the results database
as 3,2,1, so that the most popular choice receives the highest score. When the
results are analyzed this will ensure that the most popular choice will receive
the highest score. By choosing other ranking options you will be able to change
the behaviour of the ranking numbering as it is displayed on the screen and
scored in the database results.
Having selected the type of ranking you may then optionally
limit the number of selections you will wish to accept, in the following example
the selection has been limited to 3 by entering the number in the 'Rank
Max Selections' field; for no limit leave this field blank.
Press the 'OK' button to accept the attributes values and
then save the line item.
The following image shows how the ranking format will then appear to respondents
and the message displayed if more than the specified maximum selections are
[Note that as part of the ranking format two buttons are included
in the column heading, one to allow the respondent to step back one selection
at a time, the other to reset all the selections that have been made].