Creating Boolean Questions & Answers

Version 14.8

The Boolean answer type allows respondents to select from two answer options, e.g. "Yes"/"No", "True"/"False", or "A"/B". To enter answers and select options for Boolean questions:

  1. Follow Steps 1-6 in Creating a New Survey.
  2. Select Boolean from the drop-down menu at the top of the Answer properties window. A set of boxes will appear in the window. 
  3. In the first box, select the type of Yes/No answer by clicking the appropriate radio button. 
  4. If you selected Custom in the first box, enter custom values in the fields provided in the second box down. 
  5. In the third box down, you can enter a default answer, if desired. To do so, click to check the box to the left of the field, then click on the down-arrow to the right of the field and select a value from the drop-down menu. 
  6. In the fourth box down, you can enter a score for each of the answers, if desired. The default value for both is "0", which means the question is not scored.

This mechanism is very flexible, as some surveys intentionally include a mixture of questions for which Yes OR No may be the indicative choice. For example, in the M-CHAT, not all Yes answers count as a point. In addition, some surveys have "super" questions that are weighted higher than others. Thus, while it would be typical for "Yes" to be worth 1, and "No" worth "0", you can in fact put any number you want for both values.