Helping the interviewee to return where s/he left off answering a survey

I have a question on helping a respondent in completing a long survey.

I want to give the respondent the option to take a break from the survey and quit the app with the intention to return to complete it at a later time. Is there an elegant way to determine where the user quit so that on his/her return to the app s/he is guides to that point in the survey to continue answering the remaining questions?

Thanks in advance for your suggestions.

Welcome back to the community, @Suha325! Are you planning to collect your data with Collect android app or Enketo?

Hi there,

Nice to be back!

I am using Enketo.



@Suha325, this could just be a workaround:

  • When deploying the survey form, ensure that your questions have mandatory response = TRUE.
  • Fill up the form and then click the Save Draft when you feel like you wish to pause the data collection.
  • After the break, go back to the browser and then select the form that you wish to complete. Here you may not know the exact step where you left the survey at. So try to submit the form by pressing the Submit button at the end of the form. When you do this, a red block should appear on all the questions that have not been filled up. So this could let you know where you could start continuing your data after the break.

This support article Collecting Data through Web Forms should also be helpful in learning how to collect data through Enketo.

Hi @Kal_Lam, thanks for the pointer.

I don’t remember seeing Save Draft at all. Does that appear when ALL the questions require a response?


Suha Ülgen

@Suha32, Save Draft should only be available with Online-Offline mode.

Thank you @Kal_Lam for the Save Draft information.

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