[Solved] Is there any way to access a survey “codebook” without downloading the SPSS file?


I’d like to be able to see, for example, reporting values associated with response categories. (Ideally, I’d like to have variable names, descriptions, coding, type, length, etc. for each survey item.) I imagine this would be produced automatically in the Variables tab of an SPSS file, but I don’t currently have access to an SPSS license (and so can’t open the SPSS export). The Excel export does not, as far as I know, provide any detail on variables. Is surveygizmo capable of producing this? (Maybe as a codebook in an Excel sheet…) Thought it was worth checking before seeking other solutions…

Moshe Braner answered

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    Emma 973 Rep.

    I think the closest thing they have to a codebook is going to be the Survey Legend. I hope that helps!

    Emma answered
      • Thanks! It’s not in the tabular format I would have hoped for, but it’s good to know this exists!


      If you do an SPSS export SG gives you 3 pieces (packed within one ZIP file): an SPSS data file (.sav suffix, which you need the SPSS app to open), a text file version of the data, and an SPSS “syntax” file which is an SPSS script that can read the text data and label the variables and the response values.  That script (has a .sps suffix) is a plain text file, and you can look at it in any text editor (e.g., Notepad) and see the labels, data types, etc.

      Note though that you can choose the data types (to some extent) when you create (customize) the SPSS export in SG, thus the data types are not inherent within SG.  Also, you can only export string variables as 100-long or 255-long, which I find a rather annoying limitation of the SPSS export.  Also, you cannot get textual reporting values for multiple-choice (radio-button) questions, even if you set them up as the reporting values within SG.  (This is a limitation of the SG export, not of SPSS per se.)  I recommend that you choose the option of consecutive integer reporting values (answer to such a question will be 1,2,3,…), otherwise you will get random-looking 5-digit numerical reporting values, different values for each question.

      Moshe Braner answered


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