PublicInput.com offers a wide array of engagement formats, designed to be flexible and useful for your specific outreach.

You can keep scrolling, or use the links in this table to hop to a specific question type:

Quantitative Questions

Select one option (buttons)

The participant can click once to respond by selecting one of several items. These can be images, words or a combination of both.

Select One Option (dropdown)

Similar to above, this format works well when you have a longer list of items to select from (we recommend this for any list greater than 8 items).


Select multiple options

This format is similar to single-answer, but allows the participant to choose multiple answers, or a number of answers you specify. (i.e. "choose your top three...").
Dropdown format is available, but not encouraged as this will lean on native browser formats that may not be clear to all participants. 

In the example above, all of the participants are highlighted in blue after responding.

Question with Correct Answer

This is a single-answer question with a pre-defined correct answer that will be highlighted once the particpant responds

Rank Options

Participants are asked to rank-order their top priorities or values. Very useful when comparing among trade offs or dealing with scarcity of potential outcomes.

Please check out our blog on Ranking Questions vs. Choose Multiple Options questions for more insight on the 2 and how to read your results.

Matrix

Matrix questions are a set of questions with the same response options, often a scale. This format is great for comparing related items. Results are displayed inline to provide a quick way to compare opinions or sentiment on each item row.

Consensus

This format is designed to facilitate crowdsourced ideation and crowd review of crowd-submitted ideas.

Budget

Participatory budgeting questions allow the public to select specific projects that they'd like to see funded, and can be restricted to a defined budget amount.

Slider

A slider question allows the participant to slide a point between two options (e.g. "Important" to "Not Important").

Please note: Slider questions are fun, but there can only be 2 options on the sliding scale for this question type. If you would like more than 2 response options, such as a center option (e.g. "neutral,") please choose a Matrix question instead.

All quantitative questions have the option to include a comment box & show results (live vote counts) immediately after participation.


Qualitative Questions (Open Ended)

Comment - open-ended

One-line comment - short answer

Comment participation can be public or private. If public, participants can engage with each other and staff can reply to comments as an agency administrator.

If comments are set to Private at any point in the survey, you will not be able to go back and make any privately submitted comments public at a later date.

We strongly discourage collecting participant information in a comment question. Instead, we recommend using the Contact Information question (below) to collect name, email, and other info so that it is tied to the participant's CRM file.


Participant Information Questions

Location question types (3)

Location (Address)

The participant can drag a circle to their location on the map or type an address.

Location (Nearest Cross Streets)

The participant can type in 2 streets to find the nearest cross street or drag a circle to their location on the map.

Zip Code

The participant can enter their zip code or drag the circle to their on the map.


Contact Information

This question prompts the participant to enter their Name, email, zip code, phone number, and/or address. These fields are set up by the project administrator and can be customized when setting up the question, and can be required for participants. You can ask just one field, (e.g. just email) or any combination of the fields available.

 Geospatial Questions

Interactive Map Repsonse

Allows participants to drop pins and draw lines directly on a map. Participants can add comments to their map pins, or attach images (if enabled.)

Select Shape on Map  

Allows the participant to select .KML/.KMZ file shapes, or shapes you draw on a google map:

Select Shape on Image

Allows the participant to select shapes you create on an image.


Demographic Questions

Demographics Module

This question set holds all 5 default demographic questions. You can remove questions from the set, as well as add your own custom questions to the module.

The demographics module is customizable. You can add single demographic questions with one click, but you cannot edit them or their response options. This is because demographic questions have default answer options for consistency, and are connected to U.S. Census Data (if enabled.)



Other (special use questions)

Confirmation Message

This question does not have responses, and is used for an "end of survey" message, such as "Thanks for your input." It's used to confirm the end of a question series or text survey, and does not have any response options.

Skip-Logic Rule

Skip-Logic enables participants to skip over a question or group of questions that don't pertain to them based on the answer they provide for a specific question.


Need some inspiration? Click Add Question & check out the Examples Library at the top of the question menu!

The examples library shows you existing questions across multiple agencies.
Try it out!



Related articles:
How to add a question
Adding images to questions and response options
Creating an open-ended question
Location question types
Text-compatible question types for text surveys

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