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Sogo Survey

Since starting the doctoral fellowship, I have been looking for an online survey website with a user-friendly interface. Having tried a number of them, I have got to say the one I’m impressed most with is no doubt SoGoSurvey. Its ease of use, accessibility across platforms and most importantly the way results are compiled facilitates analysis. While I will be using this for the thesis, I am starting to think of ways I could use it as part of gastroguidelines.wordpress.com as well.

The registration process is fairly simple. You basically sign up using your university log in, like their account on facebook and write a medium size review of their website on a blog.

The upgrade from basic to plus account is quite significant with unlimited questions (from 30), 1500 responses (up from 125), ability to export in multiple formats and automated reminders (which, if any of you have done surveys, know how vital is to maximise reponses!).

Most importantly, as a student, it is free (including the upgrade as long as you have done the above) and given the features on offer – this is a steal!

My plan is to start evaluating the simulation course first – and once I am used to the software, I will use it to collect data for the PhD.

Need a survey website? SoGoSurvey!

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