Dynamic vs. simple questionnaires: Advantages of custom logic for your inspections

It’s confirmed. Humans have shorter attention span than goldfish these days. According to a research an average human’s attention span has fallen from 12 seconds in 2000, to 8 seconds in 2015. Meanwhile, goldfish are believed to have an attention span of 9 seconds.
Therefore, making questionnaire forms shorter, easier to understand and customized based on the respondent’s answers is key to get people to fill out questionnaires properly. And custom business logic available in Resco Inspections enables you to do just that, utilizing form rules to create not only simple but dynamic questionnaires as well.

Simple or dynamic questionnaires?

Simply put (no pun intended), simple questionnaire forms do not utilize custom business logic.
Users always see all the questions, following one another, regardless the answers they entered. This is most suitable in situations when the use case requires only short, basic questionnaires – for example a quick in-store customer survey. In straightforward scenarios with only a handful of questions, there’s no need to implement complex logic. These can be handled simply by reasonably arranging the questions.
E.g. if you’re asking customers at a patisserie whether they like croissants and what’s their favorite filling. Having just two basic questions, you can do it simply by putting one question after the other.
On the other hand, dynamic questionnaire forms leverage custom business logic.
This type of questionnaires enables to easily display or hide questions (or entire question groups) based on how the user responded to previous questions on the form. Using custom business logic helps to keep users focused and tailors forms to meet their needs. Ultimately it enables to build up questionnaire forms that can include even hundreds of questions without wounding up with a long, complicated mess.
Take an elevator maintenance inspection as an example. Technicians visit buildings with various elevator models, so upon selecting the elevator type, questions relevant for that particular model will be shown.
Furthermore, the maintenance consists of multiple detailed checks of various mechanisms and systems (such as brakes, doors, cabin equipment, control panel, etc.). You can set up that only one section will be visible at a time – e.g. technicians won’t be able to start inspecting the doors unless they’ve completed the brakes checkup.
And custom logic can be also applied to individual questions. Does the elevator’s control panel have any visible attrition? If the inspector answers “Yes”, he/she will be prompted to add a photo of any wear and tear. In case the answer’s “No”, the inspector can continue to next question uninterrupted.


To sum it up, custom business logic offers several benefits that help users to keep their focus on your questionnaire forms:

  1. Streamlining questionnaires – the use of custom logic can make your questionnaire forms more digestible and less confusing for users by displaying only relevant questions and fields.
  2. Keeping the forms short – due to people’s decreasing attention span, make your questionnaires appear as short as possible from the outset (can be accomplished by hiding questions until they are actually needed).
  3. Creating a customized inspection experience – custom logic can also enable you to display customized messages based on a user’s interaction with the questionnaire form, making the entire inspection experience more personal and engaging.

Resco Inspections: A powerful solution that adapts to your use case

Resco has recently announced its own tool for field inspections that enables you to create both simple and dynamic questionnaires.
Form rules (as known from the Woodford configurator) have been incorporated within the Resco Inspections’ Designer to allow you to create digital questionnaires that utilize fully customized business logic that always provides users with questions relevant for their use case.
For more information, visit the Resco Inspections page, start a free 30-day trial, or contact us for a demo.

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