When your survey is created and tested, it's time to make it available to your respondents. See Checklist before survey publishing for information. You can do it in several ways:
Publish link to the survey. The link to the survey is displayed on the Publish survey page and there is one link for each survey translation. Here are some examples on how you can include the survey link to you web page (replace SURVEY_LINK with the actual link to the survey):
Link that redirects to the survey:
<a href="SURVEY_LINK" >Click to start the survey</a>
Link that opens popup window with the survey:
<a href="SURVEY_LINK" target="blank" >Click to start the survey</a>
Button that opens popup window with the survey:
<input type="button" onclick="window.open('SURVEY_LINK')" value="Click to start the survey">
URL can include parameters to pre-populate the survey responses. See pre-population format for more information.
Use Opinio's invitation feature. If you know who your respondents will be, you can send them email with the personal survey link. This way you can get track the responses and get a report on how many of the invitees have responded. Response anonymity can be enabled for the invitation (see the section called “Security and privacy”) so that you do not know who answered what, but just know if each invitee has responded or not.
Conduct telephone interviews. Register telephone interviewers and send them link to the survey.
Print out the survey in PDF form. The survey can be printed, and then handed out or sent by mail to the respondents.
There are some things that should be checked before publishing the survey:
Test the survey. All surveys should be tested before publishing. Use the actual survey link for testing and not the Survey preview, because survey preview skips security checks and open dates. Go through all survey pages and make sure that all questions are displayed as intended. Make sure that the redirect link works, if used. Make sure that piping tags are replaced correctly.
Go to the branch conditions page (if used) and make sure that all branch conditions are valid. Try out all branch conditions and make sure that the correct questions are displayed to the respondent.
Go to the translations page and make sure that all translations are up-to-date.
Set survey open dates. Make sure that survey open dates are set to the dates you want the survey to be open. Note that by default the survey is open for one week only starting from the survey created date.
Unlock the survey. The last thing to check is that the traffic light icon on the survey admin screen lights green, meaning that survey is now open for responses.