A LimeSurvey Solution for Linked/Dyadic Data Collection

Justin

PhD University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign School of Labor and Employment Relations

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6 Responses

  1. Dave Sullivan says:

    So what are the benefits of LimeSurvey over Qualtrics? I imagine that a lot of these functions could be completed in Qualtrics (but you might have to pay for them). Just curious – as I have never used LimeSurvey before.

    • Justin says:

      A big advantage is simply the open source status of LimeSurvey. In addition to not costing anything, it ensures accessibility (anyone can carry out what you share/develop). The expression manager and the ability to call on variables seems to me to have more useful applications than anything the major platforms offer (albeit, there’s a bit more of a learning curve). Finally, the survey logic procedures (e.g., showing one question based on another question’s response and more complicated extensions) are more full-featured than in Qualtrics (and, IMO, harder to set up wrong). Naturally a lot of it is preference. LimeSurvey’s open source status and feature-rich build are what do it for me.

  2. Brandi Roelk says:

    Is there a way to give one member of the dyad a pin to give to their partner? That way the participants have one shared “PIN” number as a way to link responses?

    • Justin says:

      Hi Brandi,

      You bet! If I follow your question, providing a PIN is what possible and what is being described in this post (see the first two sections of the post). Feel free to send me an email if you need any further clarification.

      Best,

      Justin

  3. Brandi says:

    Hi Justin, Is there a way to do this without using the survey respondent’s first and last name?

    • Justin says:

      Hi Brandi,

      If new dyad member (i.e., supervisor) is answering questions regarding the original dyad member, the new dyad member will need to know who it is that they’re answering questions about. You could use any unique identifier as long as the new dyad member is aware of the identifier, names are just the easiest unique identifier to use for example purposes.

      Of course, if the dyad members are only answering questions specific to themselves, no name would need to be given.

      Hope that helps,

      Justin

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