Connect to SurveyMonkey and bring your data into NVivo

Previously on the NVivo Blog, we featured a post on Importing SurveyMonkey results into NVivo in 5 easy steps. Since that time we have been busy at QSR—now you can bring your survey data directly into NVivo without having to leave the application at all (watch this video for a quick introduction to combining SurveyMonkey and NVivo).

Just connect to your SurveyMonkey account from within NVivo, follow the import wizard, and you’re done. To be able to do this yourself you will need to ensure you are on NVivo 10 Service Pack 3.

Here's what you do:

Once you're ready to import the survey responses from SurveyMonkey, open your NVivo project and navigate to the location you want to keep the survey results.

On the External Data tab, click From Other Sources, and you will now see that there is a From SurveyMonkey option.

You will be asked to Authorize NVivo to use your SurveyMonkey account. This allows you to see your SurveyMonkey surveys from within NVivo.

Once that's done, you'll see the Import from SurveyMonkey wizard. The first step is to select the survey you want to import responses from.

On the next step, you get to choose which collector you want to import the results from. If the survey has more than one, you can either bring them all into the one dataset, or you could choose to send them to different datasets within NVivo—if that's how you want to manage the data.

There is an option here to Import a random sample of responses. This option allows you to specify a number of random responses from the survey, rather than bringing all the responses into NVivo. You can always come back and get them all later, or even get another random set of responses to add to the dataset.

There is also an option to Merge into a previously imported dataset. You would use this option, for example, if you have already imported some of the responses from the survey while it is still live, and then as more responses are completed you can continue to merge them into the single dataset within NVivo. This allows you to get started on your analysis of the results before they are all done.

The next step in the wizard is similar to how you would have previously imported an Excel spreadsheet of survey responses into NVivo, only it has been simplified and some of the decisions have been removed to make it easier.

Now that the data is coming directly from SurveyMonkey, the type of question is already known. That means that NVivo knows if the question is open ended text (codable), or text from questions such as multiple choice (classifying). The Analysis Type and the Data Type are already set by NVivo for you. The only thing left to do is to choose whether you want to include the question column and if you want to change the default name that will be given to the column within NVivo.

Finally, you can review and change the default name given to the survey dataset. You can also enter a description for the dataset here if you want to.

You can now analyze the survey results as a dataset with all the power offered to you by NVivo. See the previous post Analyze SurveyMonkey results using NVivo for more on that.

If you want more detail on importing from SurveyMonkey, refer to this help topic.

Let me know what you think about this new development - how do you manage your survey data?

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