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How To Import an IBM SPSS Data Collection (Dimensions) script into SurveyToGo

            

 

Overview

 

SurveyToGo allows you to import an IBM SPSS Data Collection (Dimensions) script into SurveyToGo and then run that script on the Android just as a regular SurveyToGo script. You have a choice of whether you wish to import the entire script including the logic or only the meta data. Once an MDD script is imported the project can run on the Android tablet just like any native SurveyToGo project and afterwards the data can be exported to a matching MDD/DDF files to be easily analyzed in IBM SPSS Data Collection.

 

To import an MDD script, follow these steps:

 

Step 1: Run the import wizard

Step 2: Selecting the correct “import type” and additional options for your MDD script

Step 3: Testing the script in the emulator

 

Step 1: Running the MDD import wizard

To use the “Import wizard” rendering types follow these steps:

  1. Right click the project you wish to import the MDD script into, and select “Import Dimensions file:

  2. Locate the MDD file and click on the “Load button”:

  3. Select which type of importing you wish to perform and which routing to use for the import process – more on the “types of import” later in the guide:

  4. Finally, select any additional language and options:

  5. Now click on the “Import” button to generate the SurveyToGo script from the MDD script:

  6. If any warnings/errors come up during the import, please contact support@dooblo.com and specify the errors you received and include the MDD script in the email

  7. You can now click on Yes to open the survey.

 

Step 2: Selecting the correct “import type” and additional options for your MDD script

 

During the import wizard, you can choose the different import type to use. Each has its own benefits and might suite your specific scenario. Below find a detailed explanation of each of the types:

 

 

Here is the description of each of the import type:

 

Import Type

Description

Script code/structure can be modified

When to use?

Full
(Metadata & logic)

Both the metadata (questions, texts, languages etc) and the logic of the MDD script are imported. SurveyToGo will run the Dimensions code as-as.

No. Read only. However, you can re-sync the script with an updated MDD with one click in case you have made small modifications in the MDD original script.

When you just need the Dimensions script to run as-is on the Android device and do not wish to re-script the script. Note that while GPS will be captured for the interviews, the other QC features are not available when using this import type.

Metadata Only – Routing based

Only the metadata will be imported, questions will be added to the SurveyToGo script in the order according to the routing context selected. Any question that is in the MDD but does not show up in the routing context selected will be added at the end of the SurveyToGo survey in the “Dummy Questions” chapter. In this import type the script logic will need to be rescripted.

Yes. You can add/delete/modify any question and code as needed.

In cases where the logic of the script is simple and you wish to take advantage of the ability to add SurveyToGo QC capabilities to the script such as Silent recording or Photo capturing etc.

Metadata Only – Flat

Only the metadata will be imported, questions will be added to the SurveyToGo script one after another regardless of any routing

Yes. You can add/delete/modify any question and code as needed.

In cases where the logic of the script is simple and you wish to take advantage of the ability to add SurveyToGo QC capabilities to the script such as Silent recording or Photo capturing etc. If you do not want the questions to appear in the order of any of the routing contexts

 

 

Please note that when choosing the “Full” import type the SurveyToGo script will become “read only” meaning you won’t be able to make changes to the questions/answers/logic/structure. However you will be able to re-sync the script with an updated MDD if necessary. To do this you can switch to the “IBM SPSS Data Collection” tab of the survey and click the “Sync Script” button:

 

 

 

Language options

 

In addition to the import type, you can also specify various other options for the wizard:

 

 

Option

Description

Main Language

IBM SPSS Data Collection does not have a concept of a “main language” like SurveyToGo. So it is necessary that you select which of the languages in the MDD will serve as the “Main language” in the SurveyToGo script. The main language will be selected by default when the interview starts.

Secondary Language

Serves as the “Fall back” language in case the main language is missing a text for a specific question/answer. In this case SurveyToGo will show the text from the secondary language

 

 

Additional options

 

In addition to the import type, you can also specify various other options for the wizard:

 

 

Option

Description

Load only main language

Instructs the wizard to not add additional languages other than the main language that is selected.

Import Text As HTML

When checked, the questions text is assumed to be HTML and is treated as such. If not checked the text will be imported as-is meaning HTML markup will show.

Ignore Script Comments

Relevant to “meta-data based on routing” import types. Controls if routing items that are marked as comments will still be imported as SurveyToGo expression questions or not.

Enable Auto Advance

Controls if the auto-advance will be turned on for all single choice questions by default

 

 

Step 3: Testing the script using the emulator (Full import type only)

 

For MDD scripts that you import with the logic (Full import), you can test the actual way SurveyToGo runs the MDD code using the emulator. To do this:

  1. Click the “Run in emulator” button:

  2. Then, when the emulator comes up, a special window will appear on the right in place of the questions tree. In this window you can follow which line of MDD code SurveyToGo is now executing:

  3. You can also follow the output of the running process and any errors that were encountered in the “Log” window:

 

 

 

 

That’s it!

 

 

 

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