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Qualtrics Survey System

Understanding Loop and Merge

Loop and Merge allows you to ask the same set of questions about multiple things. Efficiency and consistency are 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.

The two Loop and Merge options are described in this document.

return to topUnderstanding Static Loop and Merge

With Static Loop and Merge you create the loops. Within each loop, you define variables. Using Smart Text, you can pipe/merge the variable text into a set of questions, and have those questions asked about each data set.

NOTES:
The question set that will be looped must be contained in a separate question block.
Each loop appears to the respondent on a separate page.

EXAMPLE: You want to determine student awareness of three campus service areas: Financial Aid, University Police, and Blugold Dining. You will be asking three questions. You will create a data set for each area that will contain the variable information for each service area. You can then pipe Smart Text (the variable text) into the three questions. Each loop will ask the same three questions about each data set:

The first time through the loop, the questions would be asked about Financial Aid:

The next time through the loop the same three questions would be asked about UW-Eau Claire Police, and then about Blugold Dining.

For specific information on setting up this type of Loop and Merge, refer to Using Static Loop and Merge.

return to topUnderstanding Question Response Loop and Merge

With Question Response Loop and Merge both the piped/merged Smart Text and the loops are based on user selections to a previous question.

NOTES:
The question set that will be looped must be contained in a separate question block.
Each loop appears to the respondent on a separate page.

EXAMPLE: In your survey, you asked the question, Which of the following UW campuses have you visited? Your respondent chose UW-Milwaukee and UW-Parkside. Now you want to know more about each visit the respondent made. You can merge their selections into the text of two follow-up questions for each of the campuses visited. Each loop will ask the following two questions about the campuses that the respondent indicated as having visited.

The first time through the loop, the questions would be asked about UW-Milwaukee:

The next time through the loop the same two questions would be asked about UW-Parkside.

For specific information on setting up this type of Loop and Merge, refer to Using Question Response Loop and Merge.

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