In âResearch in businessâ? (free with this months âResearchâ? magazine), Time Macer puts forward an excellent summation of the best options for online survey software available to us researchers.
The article rounds the different software packages up into four categories: âsimpleâ?, âintermediateâ?, âadvance onlineâ? and âadvance enterpriseâ?.
The simple packages that Macer talks of are âSurveyMonkey.comâ, âZoomerang.comâ and also Perseusâ SurveySolutions Express. The packages in the intermediate range, which âtake longer to learn, but offer much more flexibility and controlâ?, are âSnapâ, âthe Survey Systemâ, âKeypointâ and (more âadvancedâ than âintemediateâ) âMerlinPlusâ, and âAskia Webâ.
With the âadvance onlineâ packages you âcan pretty much design any web survey you are likely to want to, but do not expect to dash out your first one in an afternoonâ?. The packages include âConfimitâ (which Macer describes as âthe leader in this classâ?), âGlobalParkâ (which we use at B2B International for our online capabilities and panel management), and NetMR from GMI.
The âadvanced enterpriseâ options âare the ones favoured by larger research companiesâ? as they âgive the ultimate in control over surveys and resourcesâ?. They include Pulse Trainâs âBellview Webâ, VOXCOâs âInterviewer Webâ, CfMCâs âWebSurventâ, âNIPOâ and SPSSâs âmr Interviewâ.
The full can be found in this months âResearch in Businessâ. Tim Macer is the MD of Meaning Ltd â you can view the website here www.macer.co.uk