Choosing a Survey Tool
There are many survey tools that help you collect—and even analyze—your data. If you are planning to collect large amounts of data in regular intervals, it may be wise to invest in a paid tool, which usually offers more functionality than free options. Consider these questions:
- How much money do you have to invest in a tool?
- How often will you collect data?
- How many people will receive your surveys over time?
- Do you need data storage capabilities?
- What kind of analytical capabilities do you need?
Most surveys will be simple enough for free or moderately priced survey tools. Free versions typically impose limitations on the number of questions and responses, as well as survey functionality. Most survey tools provide only basic reporting, so always make sure the tool you choose allows you to export all of your data in an easy-to-use format. Many survey tools, like the ones listed below, also integrate with database and contact relationship management (CRM) systems.
For more advanced survey functionality, you may need to invest in a premium version of one of the tools above or in a tool like Qualtrics Research Suite.
Many tools offer discounts for nonprofits, so make sure to talk to a representative before purchasing!