Workshop September 2019: LimeSurvey Web Surveys

A 1-day workshop running through setting up, conducting and exporting your data for a web based survey in the freely available Limesurvey web survey software system.


The course is held in ACSPRI's Melbourne Office

Monday, September 9, 2019
Course details:

Limesurvey is a powerful web based survey tool, used in many fields for conducting high quality web based surveys.

This workshop runs through setting up, conducting and exporting your data for a web based survey in the freely available Limesurvey web survey software system.


Workshop - runs over 1 days

​Adam Zammit is the Director of Operations at ACSPRI.  Adam is the lead developer and maintainer of a suite of free / open source tools for survey research (queXML, queXF, queXS and queXC) and is a contributor to the LimeSurvey project. Adam also manages many survey projects, including web, telephone and paper based studies. Current projects include data collection for the Australian Survey of Social Attitudes (AuSSA) – a national postal survey.

Course dates: Monday 9 September 2019 - Monday 9 September 2019
Week 1
About this course: 

This workshop will introduce the Limesurvey administrative interface, and dive straight in to setting up a questionnaire. We will cover the Expression Manager system of Limesurvey which allows for conditional logic along with text replacements and inline calculations. Once we have set up a working questionnaire, we will introduce methods for inviting and managing participants, including email invitations with unique tokens and open access surveys. You will learn how to manage and monitor an ongoing survey, and how to export your data for analysis to multiple statistical packages. Time permitting, we will cover exporting your questionnaire to a paper based scannable questionnaire.


If you already have a draft questionnaire, you could use this workshop as an opportunity to have it programmed in the Limesurvey system. If not, we will provide a demonstration questionnaire to work on during the workshop.


Included in the workshop will be one survey activation in ACSPRI's Limesurvey hosted system: CANVASS (Valued at $50 for full time students, or $100 for others)

Course syllabus: 
  1. Introduction to Limesurvey and CANVASS
  2. Setting up Limesurvey (including basic templating)
  3. Programming your questionnaire
  4. Conditional logic and text replacement using Expression Manager
  5. Inviting participants / Participant management
  6. Survey monitoring and reporting
  7. Data export
  8. Creating a paper based survey using Limesurvey (time permitting)


Course format: 

This workshop will take place in a classroom.  You will need to bring your own laptop as we'll be using a web browser.

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Course Fees:
All courses at a given program have the same fee structure, but fees vary depending on whether your organisation is an ACSPRI Member and whether there are Early Bird Discounts available at the time. The prices for this program are available on the program page.

Q: Should I have a questionnaire prepared before attending this course?

A: This isn't necessary,  but the workshop would be a great opportunity to work on your your own draft questionnaire.

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The ACSPRI Head Office is located at 763 Heidelberg Road, Alphington, just before the corner of Yarralea St.



The ACSPRI Office is only 20 minutes from the Melbourne's CBD via train. Accommodation located close to any of the City Loop train stations (Parliament, Melbourne Central, Spencer St, Flinders St and {on weekdays} Flagstaff) or other stations along the Hurstbridge Line will enable a very easy commute (see Transport below). We expect most visitors would appreciate staying quite centrally and there are numerous accommodation options. It is worth checking a travel website (expedia, tripadvisor, etc) to fine the best option for your budget and requirements, but we recommend staying close to a train station as per above.


Ivanhoe Quest Apartments are located 20 minutes walk east of the ACSPRI Office, along Upper Heidelberg Road.  You can also catch the train to Alphington Station from either Ivanhoe Station (2 stops - city direction) or Darebin Station (1 stop - city direction). You can also walk to Heidelberg Road (4 mins) take the 546 Bus to Yarralea Street, which is opposite our office.



Car Parking / Transport: 

Alphington Station is roughly 20 minutes from Melbourne Central (and other City loop stations) on the Hurstbridge Line and only a few minutes' walk from the ACSPRI office. There are also a number of bus lines that service the area. Bus services are very limited on weekends and the train is recommended. Click here for the journey planner.


By car, the quickest route for many local Melbournians will be via the Eastern Freeway and/or Chandler Hwy. From the CBD the Eastern Freeway from the Inner North will also probably be the quickest route. At that time on a weekend 20 minutes would allow plenty of time. Parking is usually available in Yarralea St or nearby but not on Heidelberg Road. 


Secure space is available to store bicycles at the office. The office is very close to Alphington Park, which backs onto the Yarra River and subsequently a vast network of Melbourne's bike paths.



Venue and Timetable: 

The course will run from 9.30am until 4.30pm each day (unless otherwise notified).

Breaks are usually held at 11:00 - 11:15, 12:45 - 1.15 and 2:45 - 3:00. Lunch and a small morning and afternoon tea are provided each day.