I am planning to perform an online behavioral survey across a nationwide sample, and I expect several thousand responses. I expect to have not that many questions (perhaps 3 pages, 8 qs each), require skip logic, and would like it to redirect back to a page of my choice. I also need it to be hosted, as local webhosting is not an appealing option for me. I do not need reports or fancy user interface.

Has anyone been involved in a survey of this scale, and do you have a platform you recommend?

Thanks for any help.

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    $\begingroup$ We have successfully used LimeSurvey with about 4500 participants and a much longer survey (30 pages, 5-15 questions each) with branching and skipping logic. I don't know about hosting though since our installation was at our university's datacententer. Make sure you get fast loading times, bad performance can easily annoy potential participants and drive them off. $\endgroup$
    – caracal
    Jun 18 '11 at 23:47
  • $\begingroup$ is free a requirement? $\endgroup$
    – Chase
    Jun 19 '11 at 13:55
  • $\begingroup$ No, I'm willing to pay a reasonable fee for survey hosting $\endgroup$ Jun 20 '11 at 22:04

Survey Monkey is likely to work out well if your question formats are not too creative and if you don't mind having the monkey logo appear on each page; some people find it takes away from the professionalism of a study.

Question Pro is a little more flexible than Survey Monkey and also a little more difficult to master.

If you have complex skips and/or creative, nonstandard formats and/or you want something for the long term, I recommend Key Survey. Colleagues of mine did a thorough search and found it to be a good program and a good value and they are happy with it after a year of use. Unlike the other 2 I mentioned, Key has not had server problems which interrupt surveys, and they don't make unannounced changes to their platform which can surprise and confound the survey designer.


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