Sometimes a question will only apply to a portion of your respondents. You can include a not applicable answer or allow people to skip it, but it’s not very personalized and might upset your respondents.
Qualtrics has an answer with display logic. Make any question conditional based upon an answer or previously known information.
Set Display Logic on Questions
- Select the question that you want to display conditionally.
- Click the purple gear box to the left and then click Add Display Logic.
- Set the condition that must be met for the question to display. You can set the condition based on an answer to a previous question or based on an embedded data field, quota or panel field.
- Previous Question: From the first list, click Question. From the second list, click a specific question, and, from the third list, click an answer choice. From the fourth list, click selected, not selected, and so on.
- Embedded data: In the first list, click Embedded Data. In the green text box, enter an embedded data field, such as Age. In the third list, click equal to. Finally, enter a value, such as27. The question will only be displayed to respondents in your panel who have Age equal to27.
- Quota: In the first list, click Quota. From the second list, click which quota, and from the third list, decide if you want to display if quota “has been met” or “not met.” Please note that you must create a quota before referencing it here.
- Panel Field: From the first list, click Panel. From the second list, click a panel field. From the third list, click equal to, not equal to, and so on. Finally, enter the panel value.
- Add and subtract conditions by clicking the blue + and - buttons on the right of the condition. You can use and if or or if to define multiple conditions.
- Click Save to apply the logic.
- If you want your question to automatically display on the same page without having to first click the Next (or “>>”) button to move to the next page, select the In Page checkbox. In-Page Display Logic won’t work in every situation. Qualtrics will display a message if it won’t work for you.
Set Display Logic on Answer Choices
Edit Display Logic
- Display Logic on Questions: After applying Display Logic, a blue bar appears on the question. You can still edit it by clicking Edit Logic in the blue bar and changing the condition.
- Display Logic on Answer Choices: After setting up Display Logic on an answer choice, a blue arrow appears to the left of the answer choice. To edit Display Logic, click the answer choice, click the blue list, and then click Edit Display Logic.
- If you have a large number of questions to which you will be applying the same Display Logic, you will want to use Branch Logic instead of Display Logic. Put all the questions you will be displaying conditionally into the same block and use Branch Logic in the Survey Flow to display those questions. For more information, review the tutorials on selecting multiple questions and using branches.
- You can use Display Logic to hide questions in your survey when needed. To do this, put Display Logic on the question with a condition that will never be met. So if you know that the first question in the survey is always going to displayed, you can put a condition into your Display Logic that will only be met if the first question is not displayed. The condition will never be met and the question will never be displayed.