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This time I am talking about some web based survey tools and services. During our work, we may need to take the feedback from the user about the effectiveness of the services and to know the areas of improvements. For that purpose, we can run an online survey tools, which may be installed on our own server or there are some free online service provider where one can upload the survey and pass on the URL to the user.

Current Issue (Issue 140)

Thought of the Week:- "Example has more followers than reason."
PHPSurveyor http://phpsurveyor.sourceforge.net/ Open Source (477KB). Apache, PHP, MySQL.

One such survey tool is PHPSurveyor. PHP Surveyor is a set of PHP scripts that interact with MySQL to develop surveys, publish surveys and collect responses to surveys. Once a survey has been created it can be published as an online survey (displayed as single questions, group by group or all in one page) or you can use a data entry system for administration of paper-based versions of the survey. PHP Surveyor can produced 'branching' surveys (set conditions on whether individual questions will display), can vary the look and feel of your survey through a templating system, and can provide basic statistical analysis of your survey results.

PHP Surveyor includes the capacity to generate individualised 'tokens', so if you have a list of people you want to invite to participate in a survey you can issue each one with a token, and they will be able to access the survey using that token. This allows for quite good quality control of your surveys. One can set various survey parameters that include language and expiry date. The system comes bundled with different types of questions that include list, list with comment, five-point choice, multiple options and ranking. One can also export the survey data to various format like Word, Excel and CSV.

Below are some other survey tools that can be downloaded freely.

phpESP:- http://phpesp.sourceforge.net/

Marketing Survey Tool (MST):-http://surveyworld.org/

Mod_survey:- http://gathering.itm.mh.se/modsurvey/

Infopoll Designer:-http://www.infopoll.com/ - This site provides free software to run an online survey. The software can be directly downloaded and installed on Windows machine.

If you don't want to download and install/set up a survey package, there are various online survey hosting services. One such service is Zoomerang, which can be accessed at http://www.zoomerang.com/. After signing up with the service, one can create and run his own survey.


Site of the Week:- http://www.reportgallery.com/

The Report Gallery is the most complete and up-to-date listing of Annual Reports and related financial reports online today. The Report Gallery currently lists over 2,200 Annual Reports and covers the majority of the fortune 500 companies. Apart from downloading the reports, the site can be used to know the Home page of the companies. One can also get to know that which stock exchange it is listed and what are the current share prices for the same.

That's all for this week. See you next week.

Madhuresh Singhal