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USQ’s free survey tool goes live

USQ staff and students now have access to USQ Surveys, a feature-rich, user-friendly and reliable survey platform for administering surveys, online forms and online assessments.

Based on the popular open source software LimeSurvey, the free survey tool ensures data and metadata are securely stored on USQ servers, which aligns with relevant data management and privacy USQ policies, and Australian Commonwealth and state laws.
 
QCIF’s USQ-based eResearch Analyst, Dr Francis Gacenga, initiated and led the USQ Surveys project, with the platform going live on Monday, 15 October 2018.
 
“This platform provides USQ researchers with a feature-rich, on-shore, secure and free survey tool, giving them control of their survey instruments, data and metadata,” said Dr Gacenga. “USQ Surveys benefits the university through significant savings from survey subscriptions and facilitation of compliance with research data security and privacy.”
 
USQ Surveys was piloted using QCIF’s QRIScloud and ARDC (formerly National eResearch Tools and Resources (Nectar) virtual machines.
 
A presentation and knowledge-sharing of USQ Surveys’ development was made to other QCIF member universities earlier this year.
 
USQ staff and students wanting to become familiar with USQ Surveys are encouraged to take advantage of regular online and on-campus training advertised via USQ’s Research Events Calendar, ReDTrain emails and USQ HR training notices. These sessions introduce users to the survey tool functions, how to build a survey, generate reports and export response data.
 
Dedicated ongoing support with designing and administering surveys is also available by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
 
Watch this short YouTube video to learn more about USQ Surveys.