Anonymous Surveys

For many research projects, the ability to ensure survey respondents that their answers are anonymous is essential to the project's success. Anonymous surveys in SurveyGizmo do not store IP or geo-location data.

Benefits of Anonymous Surveys

There are a variety of reasons why people need to conduct surveys anonymously. A few examples include running private employee feedback surveys so employees feel comfortable giving feedback without the worry of being reprimanded for telling the truth or conducting educational or medical research where privacy is of the utmost importance.

Set Up Your Survey to Collect Anonymous Responses

Creating an anonymous survey is simple. Once you select Anonymous Responses, all incoming responses will stop the storage of any type of identifying information like Geodata, IP address, email invite data and the Status Log will not include Response ID's. 

To set up your survey to anonymous responses:

  1. Go to Tools > Response Settings.
  2. Check the Anonymous Responses option.

Anonymous Responses Setting

Note: The Anonymous Responses setting is locked once your survey records at least one response. This means that if you set you survey to be anonymous and collect any data, you will not be able to disable the anonymous setting.

Anonymous Surveys and Email Campaigns

The Anonymous Responses setting is compatible with SurveyGizmo Email Campaigns. If using these two features together, we will track which contacts have not yet completed the survey and send any reminders that you have set up to these contacts. You will not have visibility to this process and will not be able to tie survey responses to the email addresses.

 Best Practice Tip

If you are using anonymous surveys, this is probably because you want to foster trust with your survey respondents. We recommend adding a Greeting Page with informational text at the beginning of your survey to let them know their data is secure and that their response is anonymous!

Check out our Create a Greeting Page in Your Survey Tutorial.

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