What is the best free tool for making surveys?

Gustavo Ibarguengoytia October 21, 2010
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Hi MUO.com readers and staff:

At work we need to come up with a survey for people that are leaving the company. While we have the survey ready in text, it is very tedious to input and update the data manually to get monthly, quarterly, semester and annual reports.

We would also like to determine the departments that have the most people leaving and well to keep it short, we need to be able to cross reference the data we gather as freely and openly as possible.

We do have the MS Office 2003 Suite including InfoPath and Access, but our employee database is on a different program that can’t export to those two. I was thinking of an online solution and found zoomerang, but their free tool is very restrictive. I also tried Google Survey but found myself thinking it was InfoPath online.

So I ask you to please share your survey-building knowledge.

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  1. David
    February 17, 2011 at 12:06 pm

    You can also use http://www.easygoingsurvey.com/

    EasyGoingSurvey.com has a free account with less limits than other applications. It lets you launch an unlimited number of surveys with an unlimited number of questions per survey. Real-time results, statistics, graphs, professionally-made templates, and design customization options are all available -- and in 7 different languages. In addition to the free account, you can sign up for the subscription ($9.99 per month or $99.99 per year) to enjoy the more powerful features. It´s definitely worth checking out; it´s free!

  2. timmyjohnboy
    November 3, 2010 at 3:48 pm

    There's also the possibility of using Google docs forms to take surveys. You set up the questions, send the questionnaire, and check out the results. There are several ways of seeing the data including spreadsheets and pie charts.

    Just an idea. I've used them as questionnaires for my techie interviews (http://timmyjohnboy.com/tag/techie/)

  3. goldorakgo
    November 3, 2010 at 3:45 pm

    you can use google forms in your google account - it can export results to many formats
    it's not best but it's ok i guess

    try also using 'turbo' forms - quick and easy , and like the google exports to excel or csv
    you beneficiate from lotus & ibm know how:
    https://greenhouse.lotus.com/home/login.jsp

  4. NETQ
    November 2, 2010 at 4:04 pm

    Most survey tools come with a free version that has limited functionality. Usually exporting data from the tool is restricted in the free versions. Furthermore, the built in reporting tools are also very limited and wont allow crosstabs for instance.

    Check out: http://www.netq.co.uk

    The free version of this tool is not stripped down in functionality and will allow you to export data ánd make crosstabs in the build-in reporting tool.

  5. Antriksh Yadav
    October 30, 2010 at 9:55 am

    Use SurveyMonkey, at http://www.surveymonkey.com/

    My school used it to survey students, teachers and others to help plan for the future. There were radio box choices, even places where we could rate things in columns as well as rows, and many more things. I loved it. There were no problems. Plus, I did it on my phone, using Opera Mobile, and what seemed like a mobile version of the site, which worked with no hiccups.

  6. Gbswales
    October 28, 2010 at 10:56 pm

    http://www.Surveygizmo.com has always served me well in a more commercial environment where you can set up a server or if your ISP gives you access to install software on the server then Lime Survey is a good open source tool that you can completely manage yourself at no cost and which has no scaling issues

  7. Joseph Gorman
    October 23, 2010 at 2:09 pm

    I would also recommend http://www.surveymonkey.com/ - they have a free plan but it only allows 10 questions. However, the Pro plan ($19/mo) looks like everything you are looking for. You can make unlimited questions, answerable online as well as on a printable PDF version. Pro data can be exported to an excel file, and there are online tools to sort and filter the data, as well as create various types of graphs. Additionally, the Pro account is billed monthly. My school had us take a survey [using SurveyMonkey] and it was a good experience and the teachers liked it as well.

  8. Oron Joffe
    October 22, 2010 at 11:24 pm

    SurveyMonkey is very popular and easy to use.

  9. Zoomeranglovesbloggers
    October 22, 2010 at 11:15 pm

    If the free basic account is not what you are looking for you can sign up for a Zoomerang pro account and just pay per month as you need it. For only $19.00 a month it has very powerful features that should make your survey efforts much more pleasant.

  10. Dtortot
    October 22, 2010 at 3:11 am

    While waitingfor the question to be publish I found this: http://www.kwiksurveys.com/

    It is awesome. It has a very intuitive editor and data is never deleted which is great for long term data analysis, plus you can export the data to Excel and the form to PDF or DOC plus a bunch of other features like: free, unlimited amount of questions with unlimited amount of answers, templates and predesigned answer-formats.

    • Tina
      October 22, 2010 at 3:19 am

      Thank you very much for the update!

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