Impacts of changing a published survey

Things to consider before editing a published survey.

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Written by Nathan Connors
Updated over a week ago

In general, you should never make changes to a published survey that has submissions. Survey responses are recorded in your reports, and if enabled, participants can view survey results after responding.

Participants are unable to edit their responses to address any new questions.

Changing a published survey can have the following impacts:

  • Incomplete survey responses: if a survey has multiple pages, registered respondents can save partial responses to complete later. Any changes to a published survey will delete these partial responses, requiring participants to start again.

  • Inaccurate data analysis after making changes, such as:

    – Editing options for question types such as Radio buttons and Check boxes

    – Adding or removing questions and replacing them with others

    – Changing skip or conditional logic

    – Reordering questions

This is not an exhaustive list, and there may be other scenarios that affect your data; we strongly recommend you don’t edit published surveys at all.

In a situation in which you must amend a published survey, we recommend:

  1. Clone the survey and make the necessary changes.

  2. Publish and distribute the cloned survey.

  3. Unpublish the original survey.

This process results in separate datasets, which you’ll need to combine, but will ensure that your data is more accurate.

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