Hi everybody, I am new to Kobo and am using the online platform to build a survey from scratch. It is fairly straightforward but there is something I can’t figure out, which is how to combine an open ended (numerical) response option with closed ended response option. For example:
How many children do you have?:
______________ (numerical option)
98. Not applicable (no children)
There is no direct option, but there are some workarounds:
Include 0 as a normal answer.
You may just add a hint to the children question and allow the 99 (and 98?) option there. You probably need a constraint to limit answers to a maximum, plus 99 (and 98?).
You could combine the special case 99 (and 98?) as a second select_one question and put it in the same group, on the same page (field-list appearance). Here you would need to add a constraint that the first or this second question are exclusive, and maybe one answer is mandatory.
You could leave the question as optional, (but including 0) So, no answer might be taken as “refusal”. A hint “optional” might be added.
In my opinion, using 0 and a special option (e.g. 99 or -1), and mandatory, sèems the preferable solution, also for later analysis and external tools, like SPSS.