Survey Data Analysis

Once your research objectives are established and the survey method decided upon, the survey research process can be organized simply into four stages: Survey Design, Data Collection, Data Analysis, and Reporting. While there are many excellent tools available to help with the first two steps, there are comparatively few robust Survey Data Analysis and reporting tools.

Most tools are too basic and don’t offer important statistical testing capabilities, flexible crosstabbing and charting, or the ability to export to PowerPoint. Most of these tools are also restricted for use only with certain data collection systems. At the other end of the spectrum, there are some very expensive, legacy software systems requiring an advanced degree in market research, considerable expertise in statistical analysis, and weeks of intensive training to learn how to use.

MarketSight is different. For powerful yet intuitive survey data analysis, there’s no better option than MarketSight. It combines the features of the most advanced tools for professionals with the ease-of-use and convenience of a web-based application, making it the perfect solution for anyone doing survey data analysis. And of course, MarketSight works with any survey dataset – whether it’s in Excel, SPSS, SurveyMonkey, Triple-S, or SAS format.

MarketSight Data Table Showing Response Data Survey Data Analysis

Common Questions about Survey Data Analysis

What is typically involved in doing survey data analysis?
Analyzing survey data is not a complex process. What you’re trying to do is look for connections between different survey questions and the characteristics of your respondents. You start by looking at a summary report of the entire survey, which MarketSight conveniently creates for you automatically. From there, you can create your own crosstabs, which is very easy to do: you simply drag and drop survey questions onto rows and columns to create a table that shows how many people in a particular group answered each question in a certain way.

Statistical tests are run automatically in MarketSight, so you just need to look for the highlighted cells and read the pop-ups to find the significant findings – something no other crosstab tools offers. From there you can create charts based on these tables or crosstabs for viewing online or instant export to PowerPoint. It’s really quite easy!

Will MarketSight be able to help me analyze survey data from any type of survey?
Yes, as long as your data is in Excel, SPSS, SurveyMonkey, Triple-S, or SAS file format, MarketSight will read that data and help you analyze it.

I don’t have a lot of experience with survey data analysis. How long will it take me to learn how to use MarketSight?
Not long at all, actually. Our online training videos are built right into the product and only take a couple of minutes to watch for each feature you’re trying to learn. MarketSight was designed from the start to be easy to learn and easy to use –whether you’re a trained market researcher or analyzing survey data for the first time.

My survey tool has analysis and reporting built in. Why do I need MarketSight?
The analysis and reporting features available with most survey tools are very basic and limited to percentages and averages. They also don’t have the ability to create charts and export those charts directly to PowerPoint. If you want to make sure your results are scientifically valid using completely automated statistical testing and if you want to be able to produce a complete PowerPoint deck from your survey data - on your own PowerPoint Template, then you absolutely need MarketSight!

I’m a market researcher by training and I’ve used SPSS before, but I don’t want to pay for all the features in SPSS that aren’t relevant to survey data analysis. Is MarketSight a good alternative to SPSS?
Yes. MarketSight is used by thousands of market researchers around the world and many of them have switched from SPSS to MarketSight for that very reason. Why overpay for features you don’t need in a legacy desktop application? MarketSight has the right features. It’s delivered online as a web-based product. It costs much less and it’s easier to use.

How easy is it to export charts from MarketSight to PowerPoint?
It only takes two clicks to export one chart – or one hundred charts – from MarketSight to PowerPoint. Plus, you can export directly your company’s PowerPoint template, complete with your logo, background color, fonts, copyright, and all of your chart preferences.

If I get stuck on a particular part of the process, does MarketSight provide support to help me?
Absolutely. MarketSight provides telephone and email-based support every business day, so you’ll always have help if you need it.

I think I can handle the data analysis process and MarketSight sounds very easy to use. My concern is with data upload? How easy is it to get my data into MarketSight so I can begin the analysis and reporting process?
Uploading data is just like opening a file on your computer. From the MarketSight file manager, called the Navigator, right-click on any folder and choose ‘Upload Dataset’. Then choose the dataset from the appropriate folder on your computer and click OK. That’s all there is to it: the file is copied to MarketSight and ready for analysis within seconds.

I have lots of clients that want to view datasets and be able to interact with them online. Can I use MarketSight for my clients so they can have access to their data?
Yes. In fact, many of our clients use MarketSight as their primary delivery platform for data, crosstabs, charts, and reports for all their research projects. By hosting everything online in a secure, password-protected environment, it’s very easy to provide clients access to your work in a way that’s interactive, but also preserves the original data and all of your analytical work accompanying that data. The clients create their own crosstabs and charts (if you grant that capability) and your original work is read-only. There’s a lot that can be done in this area. Please contact an account representative to learn more.

We have a pretty well-integrated system for designing surveys and collecting data and doing some analysis and reporting. What we’d like to do is integrate a tool like MarketSight into our existing system and automate the data delivery process and the reporting process. Does MarketSight have any APIs that we can use to do this integration?
Yes. MarketSight has a rich set of APIs that will enable you to automatically load data, authenticate users of your existing system using single-sign-on, automate the creation of crosstabs and charts, and also create your own interface for creating and manipulating MarketSight items, behind the scenes, and delivering results back to your system.