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We use it to conduct surveys with beneficiairies of international development project and programs we evaluate (we are an evaluation firm). We target many different types of respondents (i.e.: direct beneficiairies from the general population or institutional representatives from stakeholders involved). It is mainly used for surveys in the environemental and socio-economic departements of the firm (evaluation departments and not corporate developement ones). The idea is to collect impressions, opinions and views of the beneficiairies on the given projects or programs.
  • User-friendly. For the majority of the general and basic tools you can use with FluidSurveys to build surveys are simple to use and intuitive. When certain issues come up, the service is quick (chat room) and effective.
  • Anonymity: the software has the reputation of being safer in terms of safeguarding private information the respondents share by answering surveys (this is mainly due to the fact that the servers are in Canada). Thus, indirectly, they increase response rates.
  • Extensive possibilities: FluidSurveys offers a plethora of possibilities and options that really renders the experience interesting in terms of micro-managing each details of the surveys you are sending out there. When the invitation leaves by email, it is exactly how you want it.
  • Statistical information on invitations and reminders sent does not meet the quality standards of the other aspects of the software. It does not seperate the actual invitations from the reminders which creates a bias in terms of statistics. Thus, you have to calculate these yourself.
  • Although FluidSurveys is a Canadian company, all communications with clients and the website itself are in English. Having the website translated in French would be a great idea and eventually, follow-up after-sale communications could also be bilingual. However, the options of building the surveys in many languages is very appreciated.
  • When invitations are sent through the FluidSurveys software to institutional potential respondents, there is a high possibility that it will end up in these potential respondents spams (this is not the case with regular email addresses). Would it be possible for FluidSurveys representatives to "lobby" the recurrent institutional partners to have their IT sector accept invitations from FluidSurveys?
I think FluidSurveys is appropriate for almost all scenarios. For now, the only time I used another product was when the survey I was managing was being done using tablets (such as Ipads or Samsung tablets) and I used ODK Collect. I think FluidSurveys now has the option of uploading the survey to a tablet and collect the data through it. However, I have not tried it. ODK Collect is an open source and free software compared to FluidSurveys. Thus, if the user wishes to use tablets, I might recommend using ODK Collect even if there is some learning to do in terms of coding your question in an Excel sheet for it to be "uploadable" to the ODK Collect "hub" (the server).
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We use FluidSurveys to conduct online surveys with our clients.
  • Very user-friendly
  • Great variety of question options
  • Quickly accessible customer support service
  • There should be more flexibility and customizability with regard to survey design (e.g. background, fonts...)
It is a very user-friendly survey tool, so even for someone who has no previous experience can figure out how to navigate through the tool very easily. Creating reports based on descriptive statistics is very easy, and recently it paired up with Statwing, which enables doing correlation and regression analysis, as well.
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My organization uses FluidSurveys for a variety of in-house research: this includes internal and external surveys as well as e-consultations. My team, in addition to our advisory role for the organization's public opinion research, also serves as an administrator of the system: we manage accounts, assist in programming surveys and gathering data, and reporting on the data. In this sense, we serve as the gatekeepers for the system, which is used across the organization (including in our regional offices, although most of the work is undertaken at HQ). Over the past few years we have implemented dozens of surveys using FluidSurveys, including high-profile public e-consultations which have received thousands of responses.


FluidSurveys has allowed for both opinion-gathering and non-opinion information-gathering, as it's amenable to more than just typical surveys. (We have used it to gather input on annual reports, for an example of the latter.) It allows for a collection of info in a centralized area, using a very intuitive and flexible system. The system obviously is a major improvement over paper surveys in terms of ease of implementation and collection; it also presents a cost-effective solution when contracted research isn't possible.
  • Easy programming: The system is designed so that those with average computer skills can program a survey from start to finish. The WYSIWYG formatter means creating content is as easy as dragging and dropping question types, and typing in your content. Logic such as branching and skipping is presented in a clear way, making it easy for people to understand branching and skipping.
  • Templates: FluidSurveys support can create templates that will allow your surveys to blend seamlessly into your website (or not, if that's your preference). You can start with a blank template, use a pre-built template, or even create a totally customized appearance by going into the HTML/CSS editor - and these choices are unique to each survey. Our e-consultations, for example, are designed to reflect the look of web pages, while our video feedback surveys are actually built right into the web page using custom coding.
  • Reporting: We (and our clients!) love the auto-generated reports and other data functions. You can get sleek-looking reports at the click of a button, apply filters to them, modify how data is displayed, and download the reports (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, PDF, etc). You can download individual responses or aggregate data, and you can also export your questionnaires (which helps with document management).
  • Support: I have had mixed experiences with the support offered. There is a preference by FluidSurveys support for e-mail correspondence, and they are usually quick to answer for easy issues; however, for significant concerns, it can be hard to get on the phone or meet in person with those higher in the organization. However, this may be due to recent growing pains in the company; recently, I have noticed significant improvement in this area.
For surveys, and for centralized info-gathering, FluidSurveys provides an excellent solution. There are other programs out there which provide a wider range of solutions (i.e., they can be used for surveying AND comprehensive online engagement, rather than just a data-gathering type of consultation); however, for programming and implementing surveys, FluidSurveys has an effective variety of strengths and options that make it optimal for users who are focused specifically on surveys.
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About FluidSurveys (Discontinued)

FluidSurveys was a survey and form building option. SurveyMonkey discontinued the product, it reached end of life (EOL) December 2017.

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