Survey participation types explained

Learn 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 a range of participation types with EngagementHQ Surveys to help you manage the types of interaction with your surveys. This article explains the different participation types for surveys and helps you understand which participation type suits your survey the best.

There are four participation types;

  • Anyone

  • Unverified (Anyone with screen name and email)

  • Registered single

  • Registered multiple


Anyone allows all visitors to your survey to take part without registration. While using Anyone, it's essential you build important demographic questions into your survey since these won't be captured via the normal registration process..

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 to choose if you are looking to do face-to-face surveying on tablets or other devices.

It's important to note, that since this participation type is unauthenticated your survey data might be less reliable as participants can take it multiple times and assume different personalities. There is a greater risk of having skewed data with the anyone participation type.

Unverified (Anyone with screen name and email)

Using the unverified (screen name and email) participation type is essentially the same as the previous option, except this time the system will prompt the user to enter a screen name and email. They will also be required to agree to the terms of use and privacy policy for EngagementHQ.

While this helps to make the survey submission attributable to a person, it is still volunteered information and is unauthenticated unlike the formal registration process. There are still vulnerabilities with the data as participants can still take the survey multiple times and attempt to skew your data. 

Use this participation type when you require users to accept the terms of use for the site. For more information on this participation type, please refer to this article.

Registered Single

Registered single is the most robust participation type of the three. By selecting this option you will ensure that all respondents have registered and activated their account before participating. 

This participation type gives you the most reliable data and also has the added bonus of helping you grow your database.

When you select Registered Single, you also won't have to repeat any demographic questions in your survey that already appear in your registration form and all responses will be attributed to a real registered participant.

This option also allows you to control the number of submissions per user, meaning you can restrict multiple submissions.

Registered Multiple

Registered multiple is the same as registered single except this option allows registered users to make multiple submissions to a survey.

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