Add New Questions

In this post, you will learn how to add questions manually, one by one. You can also Import Questions from Excel, or Data Collection App (e.g. from Kobo, ODK, Survey CTO or similar tools).

Before adding new question, make sure that you working with the correct Data Collection Tool (DCT).

Data Collection tool is selected in the DCT Selector on top of the page (next to the Project selector).

To add a question, click on the button “+Question” at the top-left of the Question table.

Alternatively, to add a question under a specific indicator, click on the indicator name in the Questions table.

In the pop-out box, select the question type and fill in the details of the question.

The fields “Question”, “Unique Question ID” and “Question Name” are required fields.

The following table will help you to understand the various fields used in a Question Details modal:

Question fieldFunction
Question (mandatory field)The statement of the question. Example: “How old are you?”
InstructionsInstructions are shown to the respondent/enumerator. Example: “Fill in the number of years”
IndicatorThe indicator for which calculation this question will be used, allowing for ease of calculations. You can select an indicator from the list of indicators associated with the currently selected Data Collection Tool. Or you can let this field empty (unassigned), in which case the new question will appear at the bottom of the Questions Table in section: “Questions not related to a specific indicator). You can also choose indicator later.
Unique Question ID (mandatory field)Question identifier used to match data during import. It must be unique within the Data Collection Tool. You can either use the same as Question name, a number or a question code as appears in your data collection app (e.g. Kobo, ODK, Survey CTO etc.). In the case of using the Question ID from a Data Collection App, please make sure that the ID is identical, as it is used by Kinaki to recognize the question when you import data, later-on. Kinaki will be able to recognize the question based on the Question ID, even if the Question name , or Question itself changes in future.
Question Name (mandatory field)An identifier used to quickly recognize the question in Kinaki. It should be unique and easy to distinguish from other questions. Through-out Kinai functions, you will commonly only see the question name and not the entire statement. There is a limit of 150 characters for the Question Name Question name can be the same as Question ID, or they may vary, depending on your workflow and preference.
RespondentsUse to indicate to yourself and your team which respondents should be asked this question.
ThemeUse to quickly find questions regarding a single topic. Imagine Theme to be used as a tag.
Used for CalculationHighlights questions that will be used for indicator calculation.

Once you have populated the details for your question and clicked “create”, it will appear in your Questions table – either next to the indicator (if you connected it to one in particular) or at the bottom of the table under “Questions not connected to a specific indicator”.

Once you have added all the questions you think you need for your DCTs, you can move onto the Designer stage!

Not able to add a new question? Check if your Data Collection Tool is currently collecting data. You will need to stop Data Collection first to be able to add a new question.

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