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Creating & Editing Questions (EX)

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Attention: Many links on this page link back to pages regarding standard Qualtrics surveys, not just EmployeeXM. Detailed below are the differences you will need to be aware of on each page. While some content may look slightly different when creating your EmployeeXM project, feature functionality remains the same.
Qtip: This page describes functionality available to Engagement, Lifecycle, and Ad Hoc Employee Research projects. For more details on each, see Types of Employee Experience Projects.

Creating Questions

Creating and editing questions in an EmployeeXM project works the same way as it does in the Survey Platform. The main difference is that there are fewer question types available for EmployeeXM projects than there are for standard Qualtrics surveys. Visit the available question types section for more information.

For information on how to create, edit, delete, and copy questions, visit the Survey Platform’s Creating Questions support page.

Available Question Types

EmployeeXM projects have a limited set of question types available to them. The available questions can be found on the Question Types page.

Formatting Questions

When creating questions, you are able to change the question type, edit the question text, edit question labels, add and edit answer choices, add validation, and add question actions in exactly the same manner that you do in the Survey Platform. For further information, visit the Survey Platform’s Formatting Questions support page.

Qtip: Keep in mind that there are fewer question types available for EmployeeXM projects than there are for standard Qualtrics surveys.

Formatting Answer Choices

Answer choices also have unique options and settings that can be applied, such as Allow Text Entry and Display Logic, to name a few. These options are the exact same for EmployeeXM projects and Survey Platform surveys. For further information, visit the Survey Platform’s Formatting Answer Choices support page.

Rich Content Editor

The Rich Content Editor allows you to add special formatting to your text. Using this editor, you can bold, underline, change colors and fonts, and even insert videos and images. The Rich Content Editor works the exact same way in Employee Engagement or Lifecycle surveys as it does in the Survey Platform. For more information, visit the Survey Platform’s Rich Content Editor Overview support page.

Additionally, visit the Survey Platform’s support pages to learn how to Insert Media, Insert a Graphic, Insert a Downloadable File, and Insert a Hyperlink.

Piped Text

With Piped Text, you can customize question and answer choice wording for each respondent, allowing each of them to have a customized, dynamic, and personal survey experience. Piped Text is a line of code you add to your survey that pulls information from different sources and displays that information to the respondent (or can be used in Display Logic, Embedded Data, and other areas). Piped Text works the exact same way in Employee Experience projects as it does in the Survey Platform. For more information, visit the Survey Platform’s Piped Text Overview support page.

Additionally, Math Operations allow you to create custom values with each response. For example, you can use Piped Text to create a function that adds an individual’s numeric responses together. Math Operations can be performed in the Survey Flow, within a question, or choice text.

Qtip: Scoring is not available in EmployeeXM projects. Instead, consider adjusting your questions’ recode values to reflect the scores you would like to assign each answer choice.

Math Operations work the exact same way in EmployeeXM projects as they do in the Survey Platform. For more information, visit the Survey Platform’s Math Operations support page.

Validation

You can use validation to force respondents to answer a question or request that they consider answering the question before leaving the page. These options can also be used to force a certain type of response (e.g., valid phone numbers only). There are four main validation features available for nearly every question type: Force Response, Request Response, Custom Validation, and Custom Validation Messages.

Validation works the exact same way in EmployeeXM projects as it does in the Survey Platform. For more information, visit the Survey Platform’s Validation support page.

Add Page Break

Both Employee Experience projects and standard Qualtrics surveys allow you to add page breaks wherever you would like in your survey. For more information about how to add these and how page breaks interact with other features, visit the Survey Platform’s Add Page Break support page.

Block Options

Blocks are sets of questions within your survey. Typically, questions are separated into blocks for the purpose of organizing the content of your survey or for randomly presenting entire sections of questions. These branching and randomization options are found in the Survey Flow. Blocks can also be used to organize longer surveys. For example, the first two questions in your survey might be in a block called “Introduction,” and the rest of your survey questions in a block called “Main Survey.”

Blocks work the exact same way in Employee Experience projects as they do in the Survey Platform. For more information, visit the Survey Platform’s Block Options Overview support page.

Qtip: Loop & Merge is not available in EmployeeXM projects.

Additionally, sometimes you need to randomize the order of questions in a block. With Question Randomization, you can do just that—and so much more. Question Randomization works the exact same way in Employee Experience projects as it does in the Survey Platform. For more information, visit the Survey Platform’s Question Randomization support page.

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