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Create surveys

Surveys, forms, polls, and questionnaires are really all the same thing: a list of questions. Questions, however, are one of the most powerful ways of gathering information for making decisions and taking action.

Survey123 for ArcGIS is a lightweight, yet powerful data-gathering solution that makes creating, sharing, and analyzing surveys seem almost effortless.

For lessons on how to use Survey123 using real-world examples, see Learn ArcGIS.

Create and publish a survey

To create and publish a survey, complete the following steps:

  1. Open the Survey123 website. Sign in to your ArcGIS organizational account.

    Using ArcGIS Online

    Go to https://survey123.arcgis.com.

    Using ArcGIS Enterprise

    Go to https://survey123.arcgis.com/?portalUrl=https://host.domain.com/webadaptor/ (where host, domain, and webadaptor are replaced by information about your portal).

  2. Click Create New Survey to open a drop-down menu, and select From Survey123 Web.
  3. In the window that appears, enter a name for your survey. Optionally, you can also add a thumbnail, a summary, and tags.
  4. Click Create.

    A survey is created and opened for you to view. A preview of the survey is displayed on the left, while the pane on the right contains a list of usable question types.

  5. Add at least one question of any type.

    Having a question in your survey allows you to preview and publish it.

  6. Click the Publish button at the lower right.

    Your survey is now available to be opened and used by users with the URL provided in the Link icon at the upper right.

Use a survey

To use a survey, complete the following steps:

  1. Open the Survey123 website. Sign in to your ArcGIS organizational account.

    Using ArcGIS Online

    Go to https://survey123.arcgis.com.

    Using ArcGIS Enterprise

    Go to https://survey123.arcgis.com/?portalUrl=https://host.domain.com/webadaptor/ (where host, domain, and webadaptor are replaced by information about your portal).

  2. Select the Link button on the survey's thumbnail.

    Your new survey displays, and you can complete the survey questions. The link in your browser's URL allows you to send this page to others.

  3. When you've completed the survey, select Submit at the end of the survey.

    A message displays telling you that the survey has been submitted successfully, as well as prompting you to fill out another entry.

View results

To view the results of your survey, complete the following steps:

  1. Open the Survey123 website. Sign in to your ArcGIS organizational account.

    Using ArcGIS Online

    Go to https://survey123.arcgis.com.

    Using ArcGIS Enterprise

    Go to https://survey123.arcgis.com/?portalUrl=https://host.domain.com/webadaptor/ (where host, domain, and webadaptor are replaced by information about your portal).

  2. Choose the survey you just created.

    On both the Overview and Data tabs, you'll see an entry for the survey you just submitted.

Copy or delete a survey

To create a survey based on an existing survey in the Survey123 website, hold your cursor over the More Options button in the lower right corner of the survey card with your pointer and select Save As. Provide a title for the new survey, and click Save As. The Survey123 website copies the existing survey and opens the copy, allowing you to use the original content as the basis for a new survey.

To delete a survey from the Survey123 website, select the More Options button next to its name, and select Delete. A confirmation dialog box appears as well as a check box asking if you also want to delete the collected survey responses. If you check this option, the feature service for the survey will be deleted along with the survey; this option is unavailable if the survey was created from an existing feature service.

When a survey is deleted, all related items in folders other than the survey folder are also deleted, with the exception of the feature service if that option wasn't checked. Items that don't belong to the survey that are present in the survey folder are kept, and the folder is preserved. Otherwise, the survey folder is also deleted.