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How to Automatically Create a Survey
How to Automatically Create a Survey

Crowdsource data collection and maintenance by including more contributing users, without having them learn how to use Ardoq.

Jacqueline S. avatar
Written by Jacqueline S.
Updated over a week ago

Surveys are a great tool for including more stakeholders to contribute with data, without having to learn how to use Ardoq. This is especially powerful for gathering data from the Business side of your organization given that surveys look like any other form with explanatory text.

There are three major use cases for Surveys:

  • Data collection

  • Data enrichment (i.ex. updated, adding attributes)

  • Data validation

This article walks you through how to generate a survey automatically using a component. The type, workspace, all fields, and all references associated with that component will be automatically available as survey questions.

To learn how to manually create a survey, refer to the “How to Manually Create a Survey” KB article.

Table of contents:

Before Getting Started

How To Automatically Create a Survey

To save time, a survey configuration can be created automatically by using the model of a specific component as the starting point. To do so, first make sure you have the “Create Surveys” privilege enabled. See the “How to Enable the “Create Surveys” Privilege” section below.


  1. Set the context to a specific component that you would like to use as the basis

  2. Hover the Survey navigation menu and click on the option Create from.

  3. Make any changes to the preconfigured questions in the Survey Sections tab.

  4. Click on Save changes and set it to LIVE.

  5. Grant users access to your survey by assigning them permission:

    1. Navigate to the Surveys overview page

    2. Click on the three-dot menu next to the name of your survey and select “Permissions”

    3. Assign users or a group of users the “Administrator” or “Writing” permissions. Learn more about permissions in the section below.

The applications with an exclamation mark (!) in the status column indicate that they are missing one or more required questions (fields, references, etc.).

Filtering Option in the Survey

The final tab of the survey is called Result Filtering. Result Filtering is an option that can be configured to give Survey contributors the ability to narrow down the list of components that they are seeing. For example, a Result Filter configured to the People workspace, on an ownership reference type, will let owners more easily find components that are relevant to them.

Read more about Result Filtering in How to manually create a Survey.


  • Can I add my own logo to surveys?

    You can add your logo of choice in surveys. You can do so under the organization settings (as in the image below)

    ardoq survey logo
  • Is it possible to Clone Surveys?

    Yes, you can do so in the survey overview by clicking on the three-dot menu and select "Copy".

    ardoq clone survey
  • Is there any way of creating nested surveys such that there is a single Survey for each Vendor and is navigated by hierarchy, but with only one of the vendors accessible at the time?

    If each survey will be sent to different vendors it is possible to make each vendor see only the things related to that vendor using Broadcasts + Graph Search. If, on the other hand, you want to send out multiple surveys to the same people, each limited to include components with a different vendor, you would have to create one broadcast per vendor.

  • Is it possible to view all the data collected in a tabulated form?

    Yes. You can see responses on the Survey Overview Page outside of Ardoq, but its capabilities are limited. In Ardoq you can see Survey submissions either in the Grid Editor or Table View. For the table view, however, you will need to ensure the columns match the questions in the survey. You can also put that view into a presentation if you want non-Ardoq users to be able to see the information.

  • I have a writer user to whom I assigned create survey permissions and on the workspace I have tried both(read/write) permissions but the writer user cannot find the workspace in the survey.

    This is by design. The writer user needs admin access to the underlying workspace. This is because managing a survey on a workspace requires administration as it grants many people the ability to edit data within the workspace

Please feel free to reach out if you have any remaining questions. We're happy to help with creating the perfect Surveys for your organization.

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