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Ranking

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To create a Ranking type of question, you can use the following three workarounds for now, until we implement a Ranking question type:

  1. Use Rating questions and prevent selection of the same value – recommended for four items or less and easy to build
  2. Use Picture choice questions and Logic Jumps to eliminate the options already chosen – recommended for four items or less and most respondent friendly
  3. Use Multiple choice / Dropdown questions for long lists selecting the choices one by one and displaying control messages – recommended when you have a lot of items to rank

Examples and instructions are provided below.

1. Use rating question and prevent selection of the same rating value

This is a very visual solution but not suggested for more than four items to be compared.

Here is an illustration. It’s a Ranking template, please take a look and once you submit it, you will be able to add it to your account.

  1. We suggest you put a Statement at the very front where you list the items the respondent will have to rank against each other. You can also do this as the “umbrella” of a Question group.
  2. Create Rating questions, one per each item that you want your respondents to rate
  3. Add a Statement after each item (except the 1st one) with text similar to “You’ve already used that value in another answer”
  4. Set Logic Jumps for each item so when the respondent uses the same value twice he/she sees the Statement and needs to go back to change the answer.

2. Use Picture questions and Logic Jumps to eliminate the options already chosen

This is a nice solution and more intuitive – note that we recommend this solution for a maximum of four items to be compared.

Here is an illustration. It’s a template, please take a look and once you submit it, you will be able to add it to your account.

Steps for creating it from scratch (ranking three items):

  1. Create Picture questions with all possible combinations of the items:
  • 1 x Picture question listing all 3 items; Question could be “Select the number one (most preferred) item”.
  • 3 x Picture question showing 2 items (each possible combination); Question could be “Select the number two item (the one you prefer to the other)”.
  • 3 x Statement with 1 item (and its image); It can be a short text question “This is your number 3 (least favorite) choice”.
  1. Set Logic Jumps for each screen created so when the respondent selects an item, he/she will be redirected to the screen with the remaining items.

3. Use Multiple choice / Dropdown questions for long lists selecting the choices one by one and displaying control messages

If you have a lot of items to be ranked, this alternative may work best for you.

Here is an illustration. It’s a template, please take a look and once you submit it, you will be able to add it to your account.

Steps for creating it from scratch (ranking five items):

  1. Create Multiple choice questions (or even Dropdown if then list is very long) as many as the number of objects that need to be ranked. In the template below we used five. List all items in all questions.
  2. The first question will be something similar to “Select your most preferred item” – so respondent will click on one of the presented choices.
  3. Use Piping to have a tailor-made second question which would be “So your Number 1 choice is <Answer to Q1>. What is your Number 2 choice?”
  4. Use Piping to have a tailor-made third question which would be “so your Number 1 choice is <Answer to Q1>, and your Number 2 choice is <Answer to Q2> . What is your No 3 choice?”
  5. You repeat the same action for each question, expanding the list of previous choices – this way respondents will see their choices made so far and this makes it easier for them to select the next one from the list.
  6. At the end you could list all 5 choices ranked in a Yes/No question and ask respondents to confirm that indeed, this is the correct order of their preference. If they say No, send them back using Logic Jumps functionality to the beginning of the survey.

We are aware that this solution is not perfect as you cannot control if the respondent selects the same item twice (or more). That is why we’d suggest you to add the control question at the end.

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