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Bubble Chart Widget (EX)

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Qtip: This page describes functionality available to dashboards in Engagement, Lifecycle, and Ad Hoc Employee Research projects. For more details on each, see Types of Employee Experience Projects.

About Bubble Chart Widgets

The Bubble Chart allows you to compare responses for two different questions or categories based on an assigned breakout. In the example below, we are looking at the favorability score (the percent of individuals that indicated a favorable score for a question, based on the Scales set in the dashboard Settings) for two different questions plotted against each other based on country. The size of the bubbles in the chart are based on both the response count and the response count relative to other bubbles. Therefore, the bubble with the smallest response count will be the smallest in size, and vice versa for the bubble with the largest response count.

Bubble Chart example in a dashboard

Field Type Compatibility

The Bubble Chart widget Source is only compatible with categories and fields with the Number Set field type.

The Bubble Chart widget Breakout is compatible with the org hierarchy, participant metadata, and fields with the following field types:

  • Number Set
  • Text Set
  • Multi-Answer Text Set

Widget Customization

For basic widget instructions and customization, visit the Widgets Overview support page. Continue reading for widget-specific customization.

Basic Setup

Bubble Chart with editing pane on the right

  1. Source: Select the survey from which you would like your data to come from. You will only have more than option here if you have mapped multiple sources in your Dashboard Data. You can select multiple sources at once.
  2. Source 1: Select the field that will be used for your chart’s X Axis.
  3. Source 2: Select the field that will be used for your chart’s Y Axis.
  4. Breakouts: Select the field(s) that will be used to break out the values on your Bubble Chart. The number of values for your field will correspond to the number of bubbles on your chart. So, if you choose a field called Gender and it has the values Male and Female, two bubbles will appear on your chart. Only one field can be applied at a time. To change fields on your widget, select the dropdown menu next to Breakout by in the top-left corner of the widget.
  5. Default Selected Breakout: You will need to specify the breakout that will be used by default when a dashboard is loaded. Even if you have only added one breakout, you will need to select that breakout as the default.

Color Palette

Select the color palette that you would like to use for your bubbles on the widget.

Color palette setting in the editing pane


The metric determines how the numbers along the widget x- and y-axes are calculated. You can either present results based on engagement score or average score.
the metric dropdown when editing a bubble chart widget

  • Favorability: Base your data on favorability. This is calculated as an engagement score, which is the percentage of participants who rated the field favorably according to your dashboard’s scales. If you select favorability, your axes will be shown as a percentage. For more on setting favorability scales, see Scales.
  • Average: Base your data on the average value for the field. In a Bubble Chart Widget, that means you see the average of everyone’s score in a breakout group. If you select average, your axes will be shown as a number.

Display Options

The widget display options let you decide additional customization options about how your data appears in your widget. the display options when editing a bubble chart widget

  • Show Labels: Adds labels to each bubble, showing which bubble represents which breakout value.
  • Scale Range Automatically: Automatically adjusts your widget axes so that your data is represented on a meaningful scale.


You can add comparisons to your Bubble Chart widget. In order to add a comparison to the widget, you will to ensure that you have at least one comparison added in your Comparisons section of your dashboard Settings. Note than you can add multiple comparisons, if you would like.

Comparisons settings in the editing pane

Qtip: Bubble Chart widgets do not support benchmarks.