Running a Survey with the "Scored" Voting Method
The voting method is called "Scored" in ElectionBuddy, but this voting method is multi-faceted: it can be used to run an actual election (where a winner is elected), and can also be used to create a survey-style (i.e. a rating scale) question.
Below, we will explore how to create a survey with the "Scored" voting method.
On the "Ballot" page of your election setup:
- Create a new ballot question using the "+ Add position or question" button.
- Choose "Surveys — eg. collect information by scoring options on a Likert rating scale" on the window that pops up:
- This will populate a sample survey question. Feel free to change the text for the question title and question options; you can add more question options by clicking the "+ Add Option" button.
- The following sections are unique to the "Scored" voting method:
First, you must create a range that your voters will be scoring on. In the above example, we are using a range of 1 to 5, but you can use any range. Only whole numbers will be accepted. Negative numbers can be used for your range.
The sample survey question that is populated when you set up this question as described uses a scale of 1 to 5, which is standard for the Likert rating scale.
After that, leave the setting for "Select Winner" in the "No — vote breakdown only" position. ElectionBuddy will not choose a winner for you and instead will just give you a vote breakdown; see the "Results" section below for more details.
- Optional setup: Advanced Settings
The "Advanced Settings" link will open up a window where you can create labels for each score in your range:
The sample survey question that is populated when you set up this question assigns the following labels to the default 1 to 5 range as per Likert scale standards:
- 1. Strongly disagree
- 2. Disagree
- 3. Neither agree nor disagree
- 4. Agree
- 5. Strongly agree
You can also change the order in which the scores display to your voters in the drop-down list while voting using the "Label Presentation Order" setting. For example, with the setting set to "Ascending", as it is in the screenshot above, the options will be listed in an ascending order while voting:
If you change the setting to "Descending", the list would be ordered from 5 to 1 (the reverse of the above) instead.
In this area, you also have the option of enabling "NA" (Not Applicable), which adds this as an option in the drop-down list of scores to assign. The purpose of this option is for when a voter does not have the information required to score an option. The impact of the "NA" option is in the Results calculations.
- Add any further settings to the ballot (i.e. abstains, ask for comments, or random ordering), and add any additional voter instructions that you may want.
- Finish setting up any further items on your ballot, and proceed with setting up the rest of your election as normal.
Voters simply assign a score to each candidate/option on the ballot by selecting the score from a drop-down list.
- All candidates/options must be scored (none can be left without a score).
- The same score can be assigned to multiple candidates/options.
- There is an "Assign to all" option that the voters can use:
Using the top-most drop-down list, the voters can automatically assign the same score to all the candidates/options on the ballot.
The "Scored" voting method with no winner selected gives you a vote breakdown for each candidate only:
Clicking on each candidate's "Vote Breakdown" link brings up a window like the one below:
Taking a download of the results will provide you with the vote breakdown for each candidate.
The Graphed Results for the "Scored" voting method are unique in that they are displayed in a bar graph, vs. the usual pie graph. When a winner is not selected, the bar graph displays a breakdown of the total numbers of each score that each candidate received out of the total number of ballots submitted:
Scores of "NA" are not included in the Total Score and Average Score for each option. So, for example, if two voters scored an option as a "2", and one voter scored the same option as an "NA", the Total Score would be 4 (2+2), and the Average Score would be 2 (Total Score of 4/2 voters). In the Vote Breakdown, ElectionBuddy simply tallies up the total number of "NA" scores. This provides visibility about the "NA" scores still being counted, and allows you to verify that they are not impacting your Total and Average Scores.