The ability to create dynamic, online surveys and use them in a variety of contexts is a phenomenally powerful skill in our modern information environnment. We live in an age where many clamor for “data backed decision making,” and if your constituents have access to the web– then a web-based survey can be one of the easiest and fastest way to get information from them about a particular topic. This is as true for a teacher or a student as a businessperson working in a major corporation.

I have known about and used SurveyMonkey for some time, in fact I used it today to survey my 23 workshop participants about their prior online educational experiences. (Results available as a PDF file)

Without paying money, SurveyMonkey limits free users to just 10 questions and 100 respondents per survey. Even with those restrictions SurveyMonkey is a great tool, but it can be frustrating if you have a lot of potential respondents and (like me) you prefer not to pay for something that is otherwise available for free.

Those limitations and restrictions do not apply with Perseus SurveySolutions Express. Teachers and IT staff here in Lewisville ISD just told me about this service this morning. Organizational entities need to pay to license the Perseus survey solution, but individuals do not! Comparable survey question options to the paid version of SurveyMonkey, but for free! This includes the ability to create complex, branching surveys where respondents see different questions based on their answers to earlier questions.

NEW COMMENT ON THIS: SINCE WORKING WITH PERSEUS’S SURVEY TOOL, I HAVE FOUND A MAJOR LIMITATION OF IT IS THAT IT REQUIRES MICROSOFT INTERNET EXPLORER 5.5 OR NEWER TO USE. :-(

Yet another powerful example of read/write web or web 2.0 tools in action!


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  • http://badice.com Stephan Segraves

    The only problem I see with Perseus is that it is very reliant on IE… I couldn’t get it to work in Firefox when trying to design a survey.

  • http://www.wesfryer.com Wesley Fryer

    Yes, I just ran into the same issue on Macintosh with Safari and Firefox. Thankfully, I have a “debug” menu installed for Safari which makes the browser appear to be something else– in this case I chose MS IE 6.0 for Windows. I was able to register for an account and am about to make some surveys…. hopefully you can take the surveys with multiple browsers…. I will be emailing the company on this asking them to be browser-standards compliant and not insist on Microsoft IE!

  • Kathryn

    I use StellarSurvey.com, http://www.stellarsurvey.com It has all the features of SurveyMonkey, if not more, and it is 2 times cheaper. Plus, with StellarSurvey you get free unlimited account.

  • http://www.wesfryer.com Wesley Fryer

    Wow, I just gave StellarSurvey a try and it is wonderful! I will use it more in the future, thanks for the recc!

  • Emily Woods

    I use SoGoSurvey and their online survey tool is just great. In fact, if you are a student, faculty or from a non-profit organisation, you can write in to SoGoSurvey for a free upgrade! SoGoSurvey offers its Professional Plan for Free for those who fall in the above mentioned categories. And the best of all is their customer service!

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