XLSForm supports a number of simple question types
How many people live this household (e.g. eat out of same pot)?
What is your weight in Kilograms
What is your first name?
Multiple choice question; only one answer can be selected
What is the age of the head of the household?
- Under 18
- Over 50
Multiple choice question; multiple answers can be selected
Where do you obtain the water you drink daily?
- communal tap / stand tap
- private/household tap
- shallow well/protected
- protected spring source
does not allow input, used to give instructions/reminders to enumerators
Introduce yourself and identify that you are from the Red Cross
Collect GPS coordinates
day, month, and/or year
When did you last visit a doctor?
what time do you usually get home from work?
allows image capture
Take a picture of the latrine.
Scan the household number
Get a person's signture for agreement
Allows you to sketch a drawing with your finger on the mobile device screen
The dichotomous question is generally a "yes/no" question
Do you treat your drinking water?
Rating Scale/Level of Measurement
Whan you select a single rating for the question along an equally spaced continuum of possible choices
How much do you agree or disagree with the following statements?
People in this community feel like they belong to the community. (chose one)
- strongly disagree
- neither agree or disagree
- strongly agree
Filter or Contingency Questions
sometimes called skip logic
Does your source of drinking water change according to different seasons?
If Yes, when?
- dry season
- rainy season
One way to ensure data quality is to add constraints to the data fields in your form.
(conditional ‘select one’ questions)
How many days a week?
0, three, 5, 8
(integer answer, only allow >=0 and <=7)