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Capturing the highest quality data is easy with Surveybe.   The Surveybe Designer is the ‘command centre’ for questionnaire design and data management within your project.  Our powerful, extensive suite of features puts you in control.


Drag and drop design interface

The Designer interface is perfectly suited to CAPI questionnaire design – use drag and drop, right-click and select or shortcut keys to design and configure your mobile surveys.  As you build, see what this will look like to enumerators via our preview panel. The properties panel will dynamically respond to the particular design aspects you’re using to deliver an efficient and relevant set of design options for each question so you may expedite the design process.

User friendly design – Efficient collaboration

Surveybe provides user-friendly features to ensure that questionnaire design is as simple and smooth as possible. Search and find, multi-select, copy/paste, edit/undo/redo and a range of other neat, design features combine to ensure that designing with Surveybe is painless.   Reusing and sharing your questionnaires/forms and sub-components with others is encouraged to improve efficiency in design and promote easy collaborative working.

Complexity made simple

Surveybe excels at facilitating survey design whether it’s a simple, linear survey or something more complex with multiple levels and linked rosters (tables).

An undoubted and industry-unique strength of surveybe is our extensive use of different Roster types, including fully expandable and filtered rosters, which transform your electronic questionnaire design.  Rosters are easy to configure, clear, concise and logical for enumerators to use as they emulate paper-based grid layouts.  Our rosters work across all compatible operating systems – including Android – where enumerator navigation is optimised through scrolling and swiping.   Designers can choose to ‘freeze’ up to three columns to increase efficiency still further within larger rosters.



Our unique innovative use of ‘Cascading ID‘ functions allows for questionnaire design vertically and horizontally across tables to populate sub-level rosters as required without having to define lengthy, complex select statements to identify the necessary units of observation. Rosters can be linked throughout multiple levels within the structure, as shown opposite for a school survey, using Cascading ID’s

1st level: Teacher List

2nd Level: Teacher Grade Selection

3rd Level: Subject Selection by grade

Design Anything. Collect Everything.

Design Anything. Collect Everything.



Dynamically present relevant questions to respondents by enabling sections, questions and response options based upon live answers, reducing the potential for error as disabled components cannot be answered.

Use of External data

External data (including previous wave data), held in simple .csv file format, can be used to pre-populate questionnaire components and act as a reference or validation source

Audio Audits

Gain insight into the data collection with audio audits.  Complete flexibility to define the duration and frequency of recordings within your design.


Improve efficiency during mobile data collection by guiding enumerators through the questionnaire structre by skipping over irrelevant components on screen, as determined by the live answers given.

Multi-Media Functions

Present video, audio, images and other media as part of your questionnaire design.  use integrated audio, image, bar scanner capture as answer types.


In-field data validations are first level consistency checks & data cleaning at the point of collection.  Single click ‘locate’ option places enumerators at the point on-screen where a query exists.


Improve navigation within even the most complex of questionnaire designs by defining routing patterns from multiple variables whilst the enumerator simply follows the appropriate route for the respondent.



Use randomisation to determine a variety of dynamic aspects including respondent selection, section & question presentation or even response option ordering.

GPS Capture

Integrated GPS answer type. Plus computed answer types to for live measurements and spacial work; even off-line.

Answer Types

Surveybe boasts a vast array of question and response types to choose from; these are listed below:

  • Single response

  • Dropdown

  • Radio/ Response button

  • Multi-response

  • Dynamic Multi-response

  • GPS

  • Date

  • Timestamp

  • Text (string)

  • Numeric (including decimals)

  • Image capture

  • Audio Capture*

  • File attachment

  • Bar Code & QR Code Scan*

  • Tick box (select all)

  • Computed

  • Roster/Matrix

  • Pre-recorded media questions*

  • Randomised responses

  • ‘Other (specify)’ comments

In addition we also offer the opportunity to collect Audio Audit recordings* during the interview for quality control purposes.  Questionnaire desingers specify the duration and frequency of the recordings.   * denotes Android OS only

Multiple Languages

Collecting data in multiple languages simultaneously with surveybe couldn’t be simpler.  During the interview you can easily switch back and forth between languages. All the data remains linked to the same underlying questionnaire.

To design multi-language questionnaires, you can either enter the translations straight into surveybe or use our .xml languages sheet for external translations and simply import these into surveybe to create a multi-language version of your questionnaire.  There are no restrictions on the number of language versions you can have.

The Designer Language is the language that the questionnaire is built in – this example uses English as the Designer Language:


Interviewers can toggle between the defined translated versions of the questionnaire at will, during the live interview.  Multiple languages can be displayed upon selection:


On screen keyboard input can reflect the language in use allowing for direct language input


Entering and editing translations can be done directly within the Surveybe Designer or via simple.XML files as shown here


Data Management

The Surveybe Designer also acts as the HQ centre for receiving, de-crypting and exporting analysis-ready data.  This can include auto-import of files straight from the field.  Meta-data headers are used to check the file and validation status of completed interview files, the Data Browser provides a perfect arena in which to interrogate the data still further before choosing to export in either Stata, SPSS or .CSV format.

I have used Surveybe to build more than 15 household, school and teacher questionnaires..  It’s possible to set up complex data structures, rosters, skip patterns and data checks within a fairly simple and easy to learn framework. The use of SQL gives a lot of flexibility and scope to the design of a questionnaire.

Very user friendly data output in Stata with a logical data structure, fully labelled variables and values. Multi-language option which allows you to programme one questionnaire but to switch between languages in the Implementer

Lindsey Roots

Study Co-ordinator, Transparency for Development (T4D)

Live project editing

During live projects the ease of the surveybe Designer – coupled with its ability to work fully offline means changes to questionnaires based upon field work couldn’t be easier.  Make the required changes and re-export the questionnaire.  The underlying software will handle your changes to ensure that the database structure accommodates it so pre-and-post change questionnaire data can be integrated together easily.

Checking your design

Surveybe users build both simple and complex questionnaires and yet they all need to work as intended.  Whilst we cannot ‘read the mind’ of users configuring surveys we can help to identify mistakes or unintended errors.  Surveybe has a range of checking features to achieve this – from ensuring valid SQL syntax is written to automatically flagging duplicate questionnaire names so it can be changed to avoid confusion.