Create a branching rule

When you want to ask additional questions based on responses in a survey, create one or more branching rules for those responses. Branching rules make your surveys interactive and ensure that only the relevant questions are displayed to the responders.

You can also choose to navigate to another question or survey, or even open a website based on the response to a question. If you have hidden a question from being displayed in a survey by using the Visible option, you can use the branching rule to display it as per the required response. For more information on setting the visibility of a question, see Create a new survey.

For example, for the question How likely is it that you would recommend us to a friend?, you can create a branching rule to ask the reason if someone responds Not likely.

To create a branching rule:

  1. Open the survey in which you want to add a branching rule.

  2. On the Create Questions tab, select the ellipsis button (…) from the toolbar at the top of the page, and then select Branching rules.

    Branching rules button

    If you don't have any rules created yet, the following page is displayed. Select Create rule.

    Create new rule button

    If you have at least one rule created, a list of rules is displayed in a grid. Select New rule.

    New rule button

  3. In the Rule name field, enter a name for the branching rule.

  4. In the Define conditions area, select Add condition to add a response condition.

  5. In the Select question list, choose the question for which you want to create a rule.

    Branching rules condition question

  6. Select values from the Select operator and Select response lists accordingly.

    Branching rules complete condition

    You can add more conditions with the combination of AND/OR operators by selecting Add condition.

    Branching rules multiple conditions

  7. Select Add “If true” to add the action that will trigger when the defined condition meets the criteria.

  8. Select Add action to add the response action.

  9. In the Select action list, choose one of the following actions:

    • Show: Allows you to select a question to be displayed per the response to a question.
    • Hide: Allows you to select a question to be hidden per the response to a question.
    • Toggle: Allows you to toggle the state of the selected question per the response to a question.
    • Navigate to: Allows you to select a target to which a responder should be navigated.

    Select an action for true condition

  10. In the Select target list, choose a target for the selected action. If you select Show, Hide, or Toggle as the action, you can select Question as the target. If you select Navigate to as the action, you can choose one of the following targets:

    • Question: Allows you to skip to a question per the response to a question. The questions in between the source and target questions are hidden from the responder.
    • End of survey: Allows you to end the survey per the response to a question.
    • Chain survey: Allows you to open a different survey, created by you, per the response to a question.
    • URL: Allows you to open a website per the response to a question. You must add http:// to the URL for it to work properly.

    Select a target for true condition

  11. In the Select value list, enter or choose a value per the target.

    Branching rules true action

  12. Select Add “If false” to add the action that will trigger when the defined condition does not meet the criteria. Then follow Steps 8 through 11.

    Branching rules false action

  13. Select Save.

After creating a branching rule, you can preview the survey and see if the rule is working as expected.

Manage branching rules

Once you have created a branching rule or a set of branching rules, you can edit, delete, or change the order of their execution. The branching rules are executed in the order they are created.

  1. Open the survey in which you want to manage branching rules.

  2. On the Create Questions tab, select the ellipsis button (…) from the toolbar at the top of the page, and then select Branching rules.

    Branching rules button

  3. A list of rules is displayed in a grid.

    Existing branching rules

  4. To edit a branching rule, select Edit Edit branching rule from the corresponding rule row.

  5. To delete a branching rule, select Delete Delete branching rule from the corresponding rule row.

  6. To change the order of execution of a branching rule, move a rule up or down in the grid. To move a rule up or down, select Move up Move up or Move down Move down from the corresponding rule row.

See also

Create a new survey
Apply theme to a survey
Preview and test a survey
Personalize a survey
Format text in a survey
Create a classic form
Create a multilingual survey
Create a multipage survey