Creating Charts from Survey Results

In Spring 2021, we started a beta test for a new charts system. For information about the new Charts Beta, click here

Turning survey results into charts allows you to create visual representations of your data which can be incredibly useful when analysing statistics and presenting results in reports. 

Generating Result Charts

  1. Go to the Results page of your survey
  2. Click Create Chart next to a question with the create chart option - this generates a chart showing the respondents answers
  3. Use the Display drop down menu to change the type of chart
  4. Click Show Chart Settings to give your chart a title and alter the values displayed. Important: click Update Chart to re-draw the chart with any changes to your chart settings
  5. Under Export to, select either PDF, JPG or PNG

Chart Types

2D Column

A straightforward chart showing each answer value as a column

2D Line Chart showing all the answer values as datapoints, connected by a line - options on X-axis, values on Y-axis
2D Bar Chart showing each answer value as a horizontal bar - options are arranged on Y-axis, and values on the X-axis
2D Pie The classic pie chart where each value is displayed as a proportion of a circle, which represents all the responses to the question. Segments / slices can be clicked to bring them out of the circle for emphasis and the chart can be dragged to change the angle
2D Area Similar to the 2D line, except the area under the line is shaded
3D Column The same as the 2D Column, but with a 3d look
3D Bar The same as the 2D Bar, but with a 3d look
3D Pie

The same as the 2D Pie, but with a 3d look

Chart Settings

Includes Choose whether to show the values for all possible choices or whether to include only the top 2, 3, or 4 options. If chosen, the other responses will be grouped together as a single bar / Column / Point / Slice
Group Remaining As Give a name to the Others group when not all choices are being displayed. Default set to Others
Chart Title Choose whether to display a title on the chart or not. If the title is displayed it can be changed. By default this is the question text
Data Labels

Choose whether your chart labels show the raw number of responses (Values Only), their proportion of all responses as a percentage (Percents Only), or both (Values & Percents). Default set to Percents Only

Charts Spring 2021 Beta

Charts are now part of the Views system – when you change any element relating to a chart, that setting will be saved when you save a View, and applied when you load that View.

Generating Results Charts

The Charts tool now allows you to create highly customised charts to visualise your data.

To access the charts tool, go to the “Results” Tab of your survey. For any question of a type that can show a chart, a default bar chart will be displayed. To change the chart, click the “Customise” button in the upper-right of the box:

An example bar chart in the SmartSurvey report tool. Above it to the right is a button that reads “customise”

Clicking the Customise button will open the chart options, which are on two tabs:

General:

Chart Types

Choose from the following:

Bar

A bar chart with three data points shown as horizontal bars.

A straightforward chart showing each answer value as a horizontal bar, with length in proportion to the received answers.

Column

A column chart with three data ponts shown as vertical columns

Chart showing each answer value as a vertical column, with height in proportion to the received answers.

Pie

A pie chart with three data points shown as segments of a circle.

The classic pie chart where each value is displayed as a proportion of a circle, which represents all the responses to the question. Segments / slices can be clicked to bring them out of the circle for emphasis.

Line

A line chart with three data points shown by their hieght above the horizontal (x) axis, The points are connected by lines.

The data is shown as a series of data points, with the options on the X-axis and the values as the Y-axis. The points are connected as a line.

Area

An area chart with three data points.the value for each point is shown by is height and the points are connected by a line the area below the line is shaded.

Similar to the line, except the area below the line is shaded.

Question Text

You can set whether the question text is included on the chart, and also you can edit the text (for example, if a shortened version would be more useful)

Display Options

The section includes more detailed options for customising the appearance of the selected question.

Chart Toggle the chart itself on and off
Data Series Colours Toggle the data elements of the visual between having their own colours and all being a single colour
Data Table Toggle the table with numerical data under the chart (if shown) on and off
Data Table Bar Chart Include a simple bar chart as part of the data table
Decimal Places Set how many decimal places are displayed for the results values. Affects both the chart and data table
Labels  Set which Data Labels are included on the chart. Toggle Percentage, Value, and Answer Choice (Pie only)
Legend (Pie only) Add a legend explaining which colour of the pie chart represents which option
Tooltip  Toggle whether a tooltip containing extra data will appear when the mouse pointer is hovered over a chart element such as a bar, point, or segment

Net Promoter® Questions: Net Promoter questions have a unique chart type and are documented in the Net Promoter Score Guide.

Exporting Charts for External Use

The charts can be saved directly from the chart editor by clicking the three lines icon in the upper right of the chart window. this will let you save the chart directly to PNG, JPG, PDF, SVG, or XLS formats.

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