For more complex survey structure, surveys can be organized into different types of question blocks. There are two main types of question blocks.
1. Group. The Group question format allows researchers to organize a set of questions into groups.
The questions themselves need not be the same format of questions (i.e., checkboxes, instructions, etc.). For example, one may be interested in capturing information about an activity people are engaged in as shown in the four questions below.
As shown above - the group question format can be found along the "Questions" row. Clicking on that option will bring up a Group box in which you can drag all your questions into.
This is completed when all the questions are within the Group box as seen below.
You can also add questions directly into the Group box by clicking on the '+' sign as located in the image above.
The advantage of having the questions within a Group is that you can choose to randomize all the questions within the Group only. Or keep the order of questions within the Group even when all other questions outside the Group are randomized within the survey.
2. Question Group. The "Question Group" is another way to organize questions. For "Question Group", all the questions need to have the same response format within the group. This is the major difference from the "Group" type which allows for all types of response formats. In general, researchers find it most useful to use the "Question Group" for repeated questions with the same type of rating format. For example, asking participants if they 'Strongly Agree' or 'Strongly Disagree' to different statements on concepts such as personality, attitudes, emotions, etc.
The "Question Group" can be found next to the "Questions" row as well as shown below.
Clicking on the "Question Group" brings up the "Question Group" box.
There are several steps to filling the "Question Group".
(a) Choose the type of response format on the right panel.
(b) Decide on the number response options by clicking on the "+" button under "Choices" in the right panel.
(c) Fill in the appropriate response categories. In this example, we use "Strongly Agree" to "Strongly Disagree".
(d) Fill in the question statement.
(e) After filling in the first question statement, you can fill in other question statements by adding them using the '+' button located alog the Question Group row on the left panel.
(f) Fill in more of the question statements.
You can then decide whether to randomize the questions within the "Question Group".