Sensus lets you create simple to CATI-like questionnaires

Sensus Web uses the Sensus questionnaire authoring system, which is also the authoring system used by WinCati and WinCati Mixed Mode. Sensus lets you create questionnaires three ways:

  • By dragging and dropping text, response, graphic, and other “objects” onto question pages and then changing the look and function of questions by clicking on objects and modifying their properties. (Click on the Sensus Questionnaire Authoring Tour at the right to see a demonstration.)
  • Sensus 5.0 Editor Screen

  • By using the Sensus scripting language if members of your staff are familiar with that language or with the Ci3 scripting language.
  • By importing existing Sensus or Ci3 questionnaire scripts and then modifying them.

Sensus gives you complete control over screen formatting for your questionnaires so you can you can design question pages with a specific look and place question, response text, and graphics anywhere on a page. Sensus also has special features for administering multi-language studies. Sensus can handle all common question types, such as single response, multiple response, numeric, open end, and constant sum. Sensus can also handle advanced question types such as grids, loops, and rosters. Branching and skipping can be as complex as you like; you can skip based on previous responses, combinations of responses, arithmetical computations, or even information about respondents from the sample database.

Sensus offers features so you can create less burdensome, more engaging interviews. For example, you can ask multiple questions per page, restore responses to questions in later questions, perform computations and display their results, prompt respondents when they make mistakes, construct respondent-specific lists, and show graphics and play sounds.


In addition to basic capabilities, Sensus Web has special features designed for researchers with advanced needs.

Sensus’ powerful list handling capabilities let you ask questions repetitively with minimal setup. You can construct customized lists of any length for each respondent based on previous answers and then ask additional questions for that list. You can use this capability to ask roster or grid questions.

Sensus provides other advanced capabilities as well. You can randomize choices within questions, questions within blocks of questions, and blocks of questions within questionnaires. You can create and administer multilingual studies. You can write macros to create your own custom instructions that you can use throughout a questionnaire. And you can incorporate sound bites and images as part of the survey.

Sensus also lets you link to other Web sites or survey modules in the middle of a questionnaire. This capability can be used, for example, to view a Web site or to execute advanced research techniques such as discrete choice or MaxDiff scaling.

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