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Qualtrics Survey System

Using Question Response Loop and Merge

Loop and Merge allows you to ask the same set of questions about multiple things. Efficiency and consistency is realized because you create the set of questions only once. The question set that will be looped must be contained in a separate question block.

Question Response Loop and Merge uses respondents’ selections in a previous question as the basis for the loop. Smart Text must also be used to pipe the choice into the text of each question.

NOTES:
The question set that will be looped must be contained in a question block separate from the block containing the question whose responses will be used for the loops.
For a more detailed description, refer to Understanding Question Response Loop and Merge.

To use Question Response Loop and Merge:

  1. Create the question block that will contain the questions to be looped

  2. Create the questions within the block

  3. From the Block Options pull-down menu, select Loop and Merge…
    The Loop & Merge dialog box appears.
    Loop and Merge dialog box

  4. Click TURN ON LOOP & MERGE

  5. Select Automatically bring in Field 1 from a question
    NOTE: Option is selected when a checkmark appears.
    Loop and Merge dialog box

  6. In the Automatically bring in Field 1 from a question section, from the first pull-down menu, select the question
    HINT: This is the question containing the choices you will be asking additional questions about.
    EXAMPLE: Select Which of the following UW campuses have you visited?

  7. From the second pull-down menu, select the desired option
    EXAMPLE: Select Selected Choices

  8. In the Loop Randomization section, select the desired option
    Loop Randomization options

  9. Click SAVE

  10. For each question in the block, to pipe in the Smart Text variables,
    1. Click within the text of the question
    2. Click RICH TEXT EDITORRich Text Editor tab
      The Rich Text Editor dialog box appears.
    3. Place cursor where you want the piped text inserted
    4. Click PIPE SMART TEXTPipe Smart Text button
      The Piped Text dialog box appears.
      Piped Text dialog box
    5. From the Pipe text from a pull-down menu, select Loop and Merge Field
    6. From the Loop and Merge Field pull-down menu, select the field number
      Code appears in the Edit Survey view. Respondents will see the question with the piped text.
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