Assigning tags to responses involves several steps. First you must select which question you wish to analyze (Step 1), then select which responses to that question you wish to view (Step 2), then select which response from this group you wish to view first (Step 3), and finally, apply topic tags to a particular response (Step 4). The Step 4 page also lets you navigate forwards and backwards through the group of responses you selected in Step 3 to add or modify your coding.

Select Question For Analysis

Step 1

Assign Tags: Step 1

Select Responses

Important! Data and System Administrators may add a comment about the selected question on the Step 2 page. Administrators will only be able to view the comment that a Data or System Administrator comment entered here. A comment may be necessary here if the meaning of the question is not readily apparent. For example, if an OPENEND question was used in the questionnaire at the end of a series of multiple choice questions that focused on different aspects of a particular issue, the text of this question may only say, "Please describe any other issues not covered above." Since the other questions are not listed here, it would be useful to provide an explanation here for Administrators who are coding the responses.

Step 2

Assign Tags: Step 2

The next section of this page gives you a number of different ways to identify responses.


Option Comments
Topic tags [any] - Select responses that have any tag assigned
"tag" - Select only responses that have this tag assigned
[none] - Select only responses that have not been tagged
Words used in response Select responses that use these words. The words may be used in any order.
Words used in reviewer comment Select responses where the Administrator used these words in his or her comment. The words may be used in any order
Respondent user name Select responses made by particular respondent.
Range of case id numbers lowest highest Select responses using the built-in case identification number (i.e., q_id). The case identification number starts at "1." The highest number is equal to the total number of cases in your project.
Blank responses Do not include blank responses if checked.
Maximum number of cases in list Set the maximum number of responses that will be listed on the Step 3 page.
Sort responses Set the order of the responses that will be listed on the Step 3 page.

Select First Response In Group

The Step 3 page shows all the responses you selected on the Step 2 page, including any tags and comments you may have already made. Click on the case number link to edit the list of tags or the comment you made for a particular response.

You may uncheck the "Show question text on response tagging pages" option at the top of the page if you do not want the question text to appear on the Step 4 page. This option is included to give you more room on the Step 4 page to view a response and topic tag list, which could minimize the need to scroll the page each time you view another response.

Step 3

Assign Tags: Step 3

Read Response and Assign Tags

The Step 4 page is where you will spend most of your time, reading responses and choosing appropriate topic tags, and adding your own comments about the response if needed. (Also, since you can search your own comments using this option on the Step 2 page, you can use the comment field as an ad hoc coding system if you word your comments consistently.)

You can click on a topic tag link to display the definition for that topic.

Step 4

Assign Tags: Step 4

When you are done selecting tags, you can click on the "Next" button at the bottom of the page to save the information you entered and go to the next response in your Step 3 list. The "Previous" button similarly saves your decisions and then displays the previous response you were viewing. You may go forwards and backwards as often as you wish reading responses and updating your tag assignments. The "Finished" button saves your decisions and then goes back to display the Step 3 page (the last response you were viewing on the Step 4 page will be highlighted on the Step 3 page). Finally, the "Cancel" button takes you back to the Step 3 page without first saving any changes you may have made to your tag decisions.

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