If you want to administer a survey without collecting any identifying information, or you want to be able to publish a link to the survey in a public space and allow respondents to take the survey multiple times, we recommend using a generic link.

Every project will have a generic link assigned to it once it has been built (either by you or by you Baseline Support Specialist). You can find the generic link under "Administration Methods" on your project's Project Dashboard.

 

 

Simply copy/paste the link that is displaying into your browser's search bar to access the live version of the survey. You can also email or post this link on websites for others to take the survey.

The link is completely anonymous, even to Campus Labs. If you would like the flexibility of posting a link publicly, while limiting the respondents to a single submission (or even limit the pool of respondents to a specific subset of people), you can request that our Support Team add a validation screen to your survey. Validation screens will also allow you to track the identities of your respondents by email or student ID. 

If you want to automatically track your respondents' email address, we recommend using the Mass Mailing tool to administer your survey. 

**NOTE: Using the generic link without any validation screen is considered anonymous, meaning that neither Campus Labs staff nor the campus can track the identity of the respondent in any way with this survey link. Using a validation screen, or using the mass mailing feature, means that the respondent's identifier (either email or ID, depending on your settings) is collected by Campus Labs. While Campus Labs does have the ability to hide the respondent's identifier from the Baseline user who is collecting this data, it still technically exists and can be un-hidden upon request. Therefore, if you choose to use the mass mailing tool or validation screen as your data collection method, be advised that you should not advertise your survey as anonymous; we recommend using language to say that your survey is "confidential," since access to respondent IDs is controlled by permissions to Baseline and not inherently available to the general public.

If you aren't sure which is the best option to use, read more about the pros and cons of identified VS anonymous responses, and feel free to contact Support (716-270-0000 M-F 8:00am - 8:00pm EST) if you have questions!

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