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About Survey Participation Types

How to choose the right participation type for your survey.

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Written by Nathan Connors
Updated over a week ago

There are various participation types with EngagementHQ Surveys to help you manage who can complete your surveys. The participation types have different purposes, and you should consider which type best suits your site and survey.

There are four participation types:


Anyone allows all visitors to your survey to take part without registration.

This participation type is best suited for you if you are concerned about barriers to participating in your survey. It is also the best option if you want to do face-to-face surveying on tablets or other devices.

When using this participation type, consider the following:

  • Any user can take and retake the survey. This could skew your data, as the same user could take the survey multiple times with different answers.

  • Demographic data won't be captured through registration, so you must build demographic questions into your survey.

  • Surveys with the Anyone participation type will not track a user's IP address. However, multiple submissions in the same session can be tracked with a session ID in your reports.


Unverified participation allows anyone to complete a survey, but they must provide a screen name and email address before submitting. Participants must also agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy before participating.

  • While responses are attributed to a specific user, that user is not authenticated. Participants can still take the survey multiple times, with the potential for repetitive submissions.

  • There will be no demographic information unless you build those questions into the survey; this can affect how you can filter your reports.

  • After submitting, the unverified participant will receive an email with a registration link. Their response is still noted, but they can decide if they want to register or not. If they register, their previous response will be attributed to that account.

This participation type helps to remove participation barriers while encouraging honest responses and further engagement.

If you use these email addresses to build a contact list or close the loop, we recommend including a question asking for permission to contact the participant.

Registered Single

Registered Single participation ensures that all respondents must register and activate their accounts before participating.

The benefits of this are:

  • More reliable data for your surveys

  • Growth of your participant database

  • Demographic questions can be built into the Signup Form rather than your survey

  • Participants are limited to one submission and are attributed to one authentic user

You should use this option for significant surveys and when you want to ensure participant data is accurate.

Registered Multiple

Registered Multiple participation also requires users to register and activate an account before participating, but they can complete the survey as many times as necessary.

For example, in a long-term consultation, you may want participants to respond multiple times as the project progresses. In this scenario, you can use Registered Multiple to ensure your participant data is accurate while measuring how participants' views change over time.

You could also use this participation type when using the survey tool for your community to create petitions. By using Registered Multiple, your participants can submit as many petitions for your approval as they want.

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