DataForce can use variable print to print numerical ranges onto the survey to act as respondent identifiers. Surveys that require respondent information to be tied back to the original data file will need to utilize a respondent ID or unique identifier. The respondent ID can be a number assigned to a specific individual. However, if the survey needs to ensure the confidentiality of sensitive or revealing responses, then a “unique identifier” can be used as the respondent ID. If the survey needs to be tracked back to a location (e.g., mall, intercept point, city, school, etc.), a number can be printed onto the survey to identify the location or interviewer, or unique serial number ranges can be assigned to each location. This ID is then captured during the data collection process, becoming the key field tying the survey back to the original data file.
When administering a test, it is very common for our clients to provide us with a current roster, allowing us to pre-fill information, such as student name, ID, class, etc., in the test answer sheets. Did you know that 8–10% of test data is lost because students do not accurately complete these fields? Or, hundreds of hours are spent trying to reconcile the answer sheets with the correct students.
Variable print can be used to customize any document. DataForce regularly customizes materials with school administration instructions that list every teacher receiving material. Class headers can give the teacher instructions on how to administer the test and list every student that has a pre-slugged answer sheet. This process takes the burden off of individuals distributing materials sent in bulk.