Handheld | Receive Results
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The Handheld | Receive Results menu option and toolbar button, shown below, receives data collected on your handheld or simulator as a result of answering questions presented by your questionnaire.

Note

When you receive results the answers captured by the survey are automatically deleted from your handheld.

Results are always received for the currently loaded questionnaire, so to receive results from another questionnaire, simply open your desired questionnaire design file first.

Toolbar Button

Note

If you have chosen to use the handheld simulator, results are retrieved from survey questions answered whilst using the simulator. Some people in fact only ever use the simulator because they do not have a handheld computer or would rather undertake desktop surveys anyway.

Existing results data

If you have received questionnaire results previously you will see the screen, shown below, giving you a choice of appending to, or overwriting existing data files. In addition, you may choose to archive your previous results. Once set, the archive switch will remain on for all subsequent receives until you turn it off again. Normally only the raw data files that come back from the handheld are archived. However, you may choose to archive the CSV files that are produced from this raw data, but be aware that the CSV files may be large - especially if the Append switch is on.

Whilst you can store your results permanently in PocketSurvey, most users periodically import their results data files into their own database management system, such as Microsoft Access, SQL server, or our own PS Data Manager facility.

Where are the results stored?

The received results can be found as two comma separated data files in the associated questionnaire folder. These data files will have the file extension of .CSV so the data can be easily imported into your chosen database system. You will notice the general format of the name is QuestionnaireName#ParentOrChildName.csv

The names of the results files (parent & child in the above screen shot) will depend on the questionnaire name and the names for the parent and child data files. For more information on the collected data, see "Chapter 3: Terminology & Concepts -- Questions and Collected Data".

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