With the PARTIMAP map-based survey tool you can give your opinion by using map markers in addition to the traditional questionnaire questions. The following description will help you in how to do this.
All questions marked with an asterisk (*) must be answered, otherwise you cannot move on to the next worksheet or submit your answers.
If the owner of the questionnaire has allowed everyone to see statistics on the responses, then after providing your answers, the worksheet will show the results so far for those given questions. Click on the next button again to go to the next worksheet.
In some worksheets, you can browse through the elements drawn on the map. Click on the grey map button () in the bottom right corner of the map to switch between base maps (e.g. black and white, satellite, topographic or route backgrounds). Click on the zoom in and zoom out icon () or zoom in and out with two fingers to set the appropriate scale.
Items may have a description, which can be read by clicking on the item on the map or by clicking on the Map items drawer in the sidebar.
If the questionnaire asks you to rate elements of the map, you can do this in the sidebar's drawers.
If the owner of the questionnaire has allowed everyone to see statistics on the responses, then after providing your answers, the worksheet will show the results so far for those given questions. Click on the next button again to go to the next page.
If you are completing the survey on a tablet or mobile phone, you can switch between the sidebar with questions and instructions and the map view with the hide () and unlock () buttons. Clicking on the highlighted items on the map will, after a slight delay, display the description and rating option for that item.
You can go to the next page at the bottom of the open sidebar.
Always try to be as precise as possible in the positioning of the markings. If necessary, use the scroll wheel on your mouse, the +/- keys or two fingers to zoom in on the map.
The project owner expects you to mark specific locations on the map.
This can be done by clicking on the white pin on a red background () next to the instructions in the sidebar. Then click on the location on the map that you want to mark according to the instructions. You can place the point by clicking once, then in the dialogue box on the right you can add a reason for the marked location.
You can save the selection by clicking Save or delete it by clicking Delete Item. You can then add another marker to the map.
The project owner expects you to mark something on the map with a line segment.
You can do this by clicking on the white line on a blue background () next to the relevant instruction in the sidebar. On the map, click once to place the start point of the line, and then click again to mark the intermediate points of the section. Finally, double-click the end point to end the line.
After closing the line, you can add a reason for the selected item in the dialogue box that opens. You can save the selection by clicking Save or delete it by clicking Delete Item. You can then add another marker to the map.
The project owner expects you to select an area that is relevant to the question asked.
This can be done by clicking on the white outline on a green background () next to the relevant instruction in the sidebar. On the map, click once to place the start point of the shape, click again to select the boundary points, and then click again on the starting point to close the area.
After closing the area, you can add a reason for the selected item in the dialogue box that opens. You can save the selection by clicking Save or delete it by clicking Delete Item. You can then add another marker to the map.
When you have finished adding elements, you can move to the next page by clicking the blue arrow at the bottom of the sidebar.
Below is a description of how the admin interface works.
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A new project can be created by entering the project name on the Projects page after logging in and clicking on the Add button.
In the Project menu you can find a list of your own projects. Here you can see the number of views and responses, and by clicking on Download report you can download the report generated from the completions in .xlsx format.
There is a ⋮ button next to each of the projects that allows you to Delete the ones that are no longer needed. By selecting Duplicate, you may replicate and publish your project without the dummy responses of the testing phase.
From the Projects menu, click on the project name in the list or create a new project to go to the project details page. The data, questions and content related to the survey can be entered in the project data sheet after the project has been created.
It is divided into two parts: the top part of the page provides general information about the survey and the second part allows you to edit the worksheets.
In the related data and settings you have the option to
The project is divided into worksheets. In the editing interface of each worksheet, you can set up different questionnaire questions, informative texts and map elements prompting interaction from the respondents.
Worksheets can be edited under the general survey settings. In case of a a new project, this section is empty, and you can start editing the survey content by clicking on the Add Worksheet button. A list view of already created worksheets is also available here.
If there are already several worksheets in the project, the up and down arrows can be used to change the order of the worksheets, and the trash can icon deletes the unnecessary worksheet.
You can select the type of worksheet (Text, Questionnaire, Map or Interactive map) by clicking on the pictograms.
By clicking on the View button in the top right corner of the Project Data Sheet, you can go directly to the questionnaire being built, tracking the changes you have saved. When editing the questionnaire, it is a good idea to track changes here in parallel with the editor interface.
Similarly to the questionnaire, in the editing interface of the worksheets you can also step with the blue buttons among the worksheets under editing. Clicking on ↗ we can jump directly from our worksheet to the sheet visible to our audience. From the worksheet editing interface, you can also go back to the project sheet by clicking on the PARTIMAP icon (Back to project) in the top left corner.
To save your changes, press the Save button, and a pop-up window will warn you when you navigate to another page.
A worksheet with text and images, which can be used to describe, among other things, the objectives of the survey, the activities of the organisation or institution carrying out the survey, the background to the decision situation. They can be provided when editing the worksheet:
To save your changes, press the Save button, and a pop-up window will warn you when you navigate to another page. The blue right/left arrows at the bottom of the page are used to navigate between the worksheets under editing.
From the worksheet editing interface, you can also go back to the project sheet by clicking on the PARTIMAP icon (Back to project) in the top left corner.
The Questionnaire worksheet allows you to create traditional questionnaire surveys. They can be entered when editing the worksheet:
The following question types can be added to the Questionnaire block by specifying Question text:
Text answer: a text box allows the respondent to type in any answer. The result report will include this text response.
Numeric answer (typing): the field can be filled in by typing a number. You can set the minimum and maximum value of the answer that can be given. The report contains the answer in numeric format.
Numeric answer (with slider): here the respondent can set a numeric answer without typing, using a slider. Here you can also specify the minimum and maximum value of the answer. The two extremes can also be named in text, which will appear on both sides of the slider in the questionnaire, forming a scale. The report contains the answer in number format.
Checkboxes: In the Options section, click on the New option button to enter any number of response options, to which the respondent can individually respond by ticking the box. The maximum number of answers that can be selected can be set. By ticking the Add Other option box, an Other... option will be added to the list of answers, allowing the respondent to enter their own text response to the question. The report will contain the name of the selected answer options and the other answer given, separated by semicolons.
Multiple choice: In the Options section, clicking on the New option button allows you to select any number of options, from which the respondent can choose one. The report contains the name of the response option in text form.
Dropdown (one can be selected): like the multiple-choice, the respondent can select one of the given Options from a drop-down list. In addition to the Options, you can also specify an Other... option. The report will contain the name of the response option in text form.
Star rating (5 stars): the respondent can give a rating of 1 to 5 stars on the question by simply clicking on it. The report contains the answer in number format.
Multiple Choice grid: similar to the multiple-choice question type, but multiple rows can be entered, for which the respondent is asked to select one of the answer options (Column). Any number of rows and columns can be entered for the question. If a response is mandatory, an option must be selected for each row. The report will contain the name of the response option in text form, broken down by line.
Checkbox grid: Like the checkboxes question type, the respondent can select more than one response option for a row, which can be set by clicking on the New column button. You can add any number of rows and columns to a question. If a response is mandatory, at least one option must be selected for each row. The report will contain the names of the answer options in text form, separated by semicolons.
Allocate units (weighting): this question type asks the respondent to distribute a given number of units (Number of units to allocate), which can be specified in the question text, among the options given. The respondent has to allocate all units. The report will contain the values per option. The question type can be used to accurately assess (weight) the importance of different areas, topics or issues.
Each question can be made compulsory by ticking the Request to be answered box, without which the respondent will not be able to proceed or submit your answer.
By ticking Add responses to map markings for analysis purpose you can add the answers as parameters to the markings of the map, if it belongs to your project. Thus the text of the added questions and responses will be available among the elements of your .kml file, named as partimapQuestion(...). In this way you can filter the responses – which were added to the map – by sex, age, etc, as long as the questionnaire contains questions referring to them.
You can also make the display of certain questions dependent on their previous responses to another questions by ticking on the Show only if… checkbox. Please note, that the question which sets the condition (⮢) must precede the Conditionally visible (⮥) question and the order cannot be changed. You also won’t be able to delete the questions with the (⮢) later or edit their answer options.
With these kind of questions you can optimize the length of the survey – eg. if you have some questions regarding car usage, these questions will be visible only to those, who stated in the previous question (⮢) to have access to a car.
In the Questionnaire section of the worksheet's editor interface (in the list of questions), questions can be deleted by clicking on the trash can icon, or their order can be changed by dragging and dropping them onto the question drawer.
The worksheet can be used to create a map-based survey that can be used to present a completed development or plan, and to collect evaluations and feedback on it. Here, respondents are asked to answer questions related to what they see on the map, but unlike the interactive map worksheet, they are not allowed to draw on the map.
When creating the Map worksheet, you can import the map content from an existing map stored in the Maps menu (Copy map elements from here) or upload it directly from an external source (e.g. Google Maps) using a .kml file. For more information on moving the map, see the introduction under the subsection on Maps.
Elements that can be defined when editing the worksheet:
You can also use the point, line and area buttons in the top right corner of the static map worksheet's editing interface to draw elements directly onto the map displayed on the worksheet. Any number of elements can be drawn on the map. You can zoom in on the map by using the +/- buttons or by using the two-finger zoom function.
Drawing a point (red): click on the white pin on the red background to place a point marker. The marker can be placed with a single click.
Draw a line (blue): Click on the white line on the blue background to draw a line. Single-click to place the start point of the line on the map, click again to mark the intermediate points of the line and double-click to mark the end point.
Draw area (green): Click on the white outline on the green background to draw an area (polygon). Click once to place the starting point of the shape on the map, click again to mark the boundaries, and then click again on the starting point to end the drawing.
Label on map: you can add text labels to all of the drawn elements. It’ll fit the size and color of the specific element and, if you zoom out, it'll disappear after a while. The label can also be rotated and follows line break. Emojis can be added to it as well. With labels we can place explanations, numbering and icons helping our respondents.
Mobile view: If you are using the editor interface on a tablet or mobile phone, you can switch between the question panel and the map by pressing the hide (<<) and open (>>) buttons for map worksheets. The drawing buttons are available in the map view by hiding the sidebar.
In this worksheet, respondents can draw on the map. As with the static map, the admin has the option to draw elements on the map to orient the respondents or to expect map markings in relation to it. However, no questionnaire questions or ratings can be added to the worksheet and its elements here.
The Worksheet title and Worksheet description should contain information that will help the respondent to give an accurate answer to the question asked.
The Respondent Interactions menu allows you to set the type of markup (dot, line, area) that is collected from the respondent. You can request multiple types of markup on a worksheet, but only one task can be assigned to an item type. For example, several different tasks for point plotting (favourite places and unpleasant places) can be specified on separate interactive worksheets. With the option Add title to marker we can request our respondents to name the drawn elements. This applies to all tasks added to the worksheet.
By clicking on the blue ⚙ icon next to the requested markup we can define the task our respondents. For the selected items, the Instruction to plot point/line/area text box allows you to specify exactly what respondents should mark (e.g. Which is your favourite place? [dot], Which way do you travel to work? [line], Where would you like more green space? [area]). This text will appear in the sidebar next to the button that starts the drawing. If the respondent draws something on the map, they can add text to their answer. You can enter the corresponding instructions in the Question assigned to drawn items field, thus guiding the response. By ticking Add checkbox question we can add a multiple choice question with customizable response options. This question helps analyzing the map responses, as they can be easily filtered by attributes connected to the drawn situation (eg. which time of day, what kind of vehicle etc.)
The Map Elements contains a list of elements added (drawn or uploaded) in the admin area, similar to a static map. Note, the description given to them is not displayed to the respondent, these elements only appear on the map like the hidden elements of the static map! The drawn elements can be used here to orient the respondents, their colour, size and style can be adjusted. They can be used to indicate the area or zones within which the elements are expected to be drawn. They are also useful because the map automatically zooms in on these elements.
If elements drawn by respondents have already been submitted to an interactive map, they can be exported to a personal map by clicking on the Send to own map link next to the worksheet in the list on the project data sheet, where they can be browsed, edited or downloaded in .kml format for external use. The .xlsx report also contains the data of the submitted elements (fill identifier, coordinates, description).
If we only want to read the collected responses without downloading them in this specific form, we can do so by clicking on the blue 👁 icon on the project sheet, under the interactive map worksheet. On this interface the elements can be filtered or deleted by categories derived from the responses. In case of downloading .kml the elements visible on the map get into the export, deleting does not change the saved responses.
In the Maps menu, you can store and edit your own map drawings (.kml format shapefiles). Here you can collect and edit maps of the user's city and its surroundings that have been created previously, and the answers collected from questionnaires. Using .kml format files, it is easy to export the elements stored here to external map editors and import maps from there into PARTIMAP. It's also easy to move between the Maps menu and projects: you can move the contents of your own maps to worksheets (Copy map elements from here).
PARTIMAP does not currently offer graphical analysis functions, but you can edit individual elements on your own map: in addition to their name and description, you can customise their appearance (colour, size, line style in the case of lines).
To create your own new map:
You can edit the following details of your own map in an interface similar to worksheets:
The .kml file containing the PARTIMAP survey completions contains the type of markers as a category, so you can use an external analysis program or convert the .kml file into a spreadsheet to separate the different markers and edit the parameters of the items.
The .kml files generated and used by PARTIMAP use the following parameters, which also provide interoperability with Google Maps:
You can download a survey in .xlsx format from the Projects list view page. The report contains the results in the format detailed earlier. The map elements can be linked to the answers to the survey questions, such as the demographic data of the respondents, by means of identification numbers. Once the data are linked, the spatial markers can be analysed in more depth, filtered along each group of respondents. The report includes the type of the tool used by the respondent (pc/smartphone) as well as the IP address.
Before we start to compile the questionnaire, we need to be clear about the decision or activity we want to ask respondents to support. It makes sense to focus on one topic, since if the focus of the questionnaire is too broad, the answers will be less accurate and respondents may be discouraged if they have to answer too many questions or questions that are not relevant to them. If properly focused, target groups can also be more easily identified and reached.
Plan who you want to reach with your questionnaire and how!
A questionnaire about playgrounds, for example, should be sent to a Facebook group for local mums, but if you want to ask local young people about an issue that concerns them, you should reach them through platforms or institutions they use on a daily basis.
Focus on the more hard-to-reach social groups. Online questionnaires tend to reach young or middle-aged respondents with higher incomes and education. However, with proper design and different (even offline) tools, we can ensure that everyone has the opportunity to express their views. Let's put the paper questionnaire in the library, put a QR code pointing to the questionnaire in community spaces, encourage NGOs to share the questionnaire with their clients and followers!
It is also worth being aware of what data is already available on the topic you want to map. Don't ask questions that we already know the answer to or can easily find out without asking!
The questionnaire should be concise!
As a survey is conducted, new ideas on the subject emerge, and more and more details are sought. However, respondents are not as committed and may drop out if they see a longer survey. We recommend that you use no more than 6-8 worksheets in a survey. Measure the time it takes to complete a survey, and make it no longer than 10-12 minutes!
Please indicate the estimated completion time on the first worksheet of the survey. If the number of people completing the survey is far below the number of views (e.g. only one in ten views will result in a full survey completion), your survey is probably too long.
Try to give a precise explanation of the tasks, highlighting the text, using emotive icons, and as concisely as possible!
Review your work!
Due to the complexity of a survey consisting of several worksheets with a series of questions and information, mistakes and typos can slip through despite all the care and attention. If the wrong questions are asked, the answers will be useless.
In parallel with editing the admin interface, you should track the changes on the public interface. Changes made in the editor are updated in the public interface after saving. Once the survey has been launched, the questionnaire should only be modified if justified, as the results of the modified questions will not be comparable with the answers to the previous versions. Check the results received to see if they can be analysed and used for the intended purpose.
Prepare the structure of the incoming data!
Once you have received a sufficient number of responses and the campaign has ended, you will have to process the data received. Think in advance about the type of responses you expect, the format, interfaces and tools you plan to use to present the results.
Make your questionnaire unique and recognisable!
Under Users, you can enter a mini logo and web address for your profile, which will then appear at the top of each worksheet, indicating who the owner of the questionnaire is. You can also customise the worksheets with individual background images. We can also apply the colour of our brand instead of the default blue colour of PARTIMAP. Keep it simple, clean and coherent!
You can also place images in the description fields, but you need to store the image on an external repository or find a copyright-free, freely usable illustration. These can make the decision more tangible for the person filling in the form.
You can colour the points and lines of the static map worksheet to match the colour of your organisation. You can also add descriptions and images to the map elements, making it easier to identify the places you have marked.
You can add your own url and Facebook share options to the questionnaire in the project's editor interface. This is important as the easiest way to distribute the questionnaire is through social media. If you add Facebook preview details after the questionnaire has been shared, the preview will not be updated to the one you have set. If this is the case, it should be indicated to Facebook, who will then update the image and title.
The questionnaire can be embedded on your website by placing the following code in the HTML code of the page, with the link to the project in the appropriate place.
<embed src="https://partimap.eu/en/p/demo" style="width:100%; height:550px;">
The width and height of the embedded element can be adjusted.