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Jointly filling in a questionnaire with mandatory questions

6 years 3 days ago #54998 by simdal
We have a long survey (approx. 200 questions) built in Limesurvey 1.90. It is split into 6 more or less equally long sections. Each section contains numerous dependencies and all questions are mandatory. We need the respondents to answer all questions, as we need to compile a comprehensive report on all issues covered in the questionnaire.

The problem that we have is that respondents need to consult with other people in their organisation to be able to complete the questionnaire. This means that they have to share access to the questionnaire. (This is solved with tokens and the possibility to save the survey (resume later).) But with mandatory questions it is impossible to easily navigate the questionnaire. This makes it very difficult to have different people answering different sections at different times.

Do you have any recommendations on how to set up the questionnaire so that different persons have easy access to the specific parts of it and these persons are able to fill in only parts of the questionnaire without being obliged to fill in all previous questions/sections?

We have come up with two possibilities:
1. Make all questions optional. This would allow free navigation of the questionnaire. On the other hand it would mean that the likeliness of several questions not being answered is much, much higher, especially as the questionnaire is quite complex and long.
2. Split the 2 questionnaires into separate questionnaires for each section and keep the questions mandatory. This would mean that countries have to answer many different questionnaires.

As both options have drawbacks we'd be happy to hear your ideas

Thank you very much for your help.


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