Much of survey work and data collection is longitudinal in nature, involving repeated observations of the same variables over a period of time. If there is pre-existing data, it can be really helpful to reference and use to confirm the same subjects observed in current survey projects. SurveyCTO helps you pre-populate forms with pre-existing data using a feature called "pre-loading".
In this webinar, you'll learn the basics of pre-loading in a SurveyCTO form design. You'll see how to pre-populate a form with descriptive information to help enumerators confirm that they're talking to the same respondents from a baseline interview.
Specifically, you’ll receive step-by-step guidance on the following:
- Creating hidden calculate fields, to store your pre-loaded values inside your form.
- Attaching pre-loaded data to a form, to query from inside the form.
- The syntax of the pulldata() function, which is used to query your attached pre-loaded data.
- Configuring the whole pre-loading process using the form designer, for the most user-friendly approach to setting up pre-loading.
By pre-loading data, you won’t have to redundantly capture the same data, saving time and supporting data quality.