Advanced Skip Logic

If you’ve built surveys using basic skip logic, you have most of the knowledge you need to build more advanced skip logic. The critical difference is that you’ll need to apply rules when the respondent selects multiple answers for one question.

For example, a ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ question only has two possible answers. But if you ask somebody to tick more than one checkbox, you need rules that can act on all of the different combinations.

As with basic skip logic, you will need to plan your survey out before you start designing it. You will also need to use different pages to organise your questions, so that the correct page can be loaded according to the rule.

Creating a Survey With Advanced Skip Logic

To create your survey with advanced skip logic:

  1. Create your survey, working to the plan you’ve drawn up. Ensure that your pages align with the places where you need to add logic.
  2. Name your pages descriptively, according to the answer each one is associated with. This will make it easier to associate the correct page with each rule.
  3. In the Survey Design page, next to the first question where logic needs to be applied, click Skip Logic.
  4. Click Add New Rule.
  5. Select the Condition and Choice to determine the criteria for the rule to be applied.
    • The Condition is the action that triggers the logic.
    • The Choice is the selection that the respondent will make to trigger it.
  6. Select the Action and Page to determine how the survey will behave once this rule runs.
    • The Action determines what will happen.
    • The Page is the destination that the respondent will be sent to.
  7. Repeat steps 4 and 5 to add a rule for each question choice.

An Example of Advanced Skip Logic

We can illustrate advanced skip logic with an example.

  • Question 1 asks if the respondent to select the electronic devices they use at home. We have 5 options: Games Console, Laptop, Smartphone, Tablet and Smart TV.
  • Depending on which devices the user selects, we want to ask them questions about the devices they have. We want to skip questions about the ones they do not select.

In order to do this, we assign a page to each electronic device. We then create logic that only displays the pages associated with those devices.

The rule on Question 1 would be as follows:

  1. Condition would be Choice is not.
  2. Choice would be Games Console.
  3. Action would be Skip Over Page.
  4. Page would be the name you had set for page 2, such as Games Console Questions.

This rule says that anyone who does not choose ‘Games Console’ skips the Game Console Questions page.

We would then repeat the process for the next answer choice:

  1. Condition would be Choice is not.
  2. Choice would be Laptop.
  3. Action would be Skip Over Page.
  4. Page would be the name you had set for page 3, such as Laptop Questions.

We would repeat this for all of the choices in the list.

Once Question 1 is submitted, the survey will proceed to the pages selected. It will skip over the ones that were not selected.

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