PollMaker's reporting capabilities distinguish it from other data collection applications. PollMaker excels at providing you with information from your polls in real-time. If you desire, you can run reports right at your polling kiosk. PollMaker provides six built-in reports so that you can see your polling data in the way that best fits your needs.

click image to view full-sized report Gross Results
Shows summarized statistics, including number and percentage of responses for each answer and total responses, for the question screens in the poll
click image to view full-sized report Cross-Tabulated
Allows you to cross-tabulate the results for two or more question screens in your poll. As a result, you can associate the responses to the answers of two or more question screens (i.e. view how respondents that answered a selected question answered each of the other questions).
click image to view full-sized report Results Chart
Presents summarized statistics for the question screens in the poll in 3-D pie or bar charts
click image to view full-sized report Detail Break-Down
Shows response data for each respondent that takes the poll
click image to view full-sized report Event Log
Shows a summary of polling events for a polling kiosk, including successful poll responses, launching of sub-polls and poll errors.
click image to view full-sized report Q & A List
Shows the text of each question and answer on the polling screens in the poll.

In addition to these reports, PollMaker also provides an ASCII Export Module that is run using the same method as these reports. This module allows you to export your poll data into an ASCII text file for importing into other database applications, spreadsheet applications or statistical analysis tools. With this capability, you have the power to go beyond reporting in sharing your raw poll data with other applications and personnel within your organization for specialized analysis or other purposes.

Generating Reports

Reports can be accessed in one of two ways in PollMaker. First, you may run reports from Poll Manager by selecting the "Generate Report" button on the Quick Pick Screen (figure 1).

Figure 1:  Poll Manager Quick Pick Screen

You may also run reports at a kiosk from the Polling Engine while a poll is running. In this case, you can access reports by providing the Console Touch Code for that kiosk (see Stopping Polls on the Run Polls page). When the Console Touch Code is provided, the Polling Engine stops the poll and displays the Operator Console (figure 2). On the Operator Console, select the "Reports" button.

Figure 2:  The Polling Engine Operator Console

Using either of these methods, the Poll Reports Dialog Box (figure 3) will be displayed showing a list of reports that may be run for the current poll. When you select the "Run!" button for a report, a wizard for that report will step you through all of the optional settings for that report and then will run the report. Some of the report options that you can control through the report wizard include the dates of the polling data, the poll questions and the titles to be included on the report. In addition, you can also specify statistical weighting to be applied to your poll data and create report templates through the report wizard's interface (see Report Templates and Statistical Weighting below).

Figure 3:  Poll Reports Dialog Box

You have the option of displaying your reports on the screen or printing them to a printer or a file. If you choose to run a report to the screen, the Preview Report window (figure 4) will open containing your report. You will be able to scroll through the report, and you may also choose to print the report on a printer. If you choose to print your report to a file, your report is created in rich-text format (.rtf) so that it can be opened in several different word-processing applications.

Figure 4:  Preview Report Window

Report Templates

PollMaker also allows you to create report templates that save all of the options for a report that you selected through the report's wizard. Therefore, in the future each time that you want to run the same report with the same options, you can save time by running the template, instead of having to re-enter all of the same options each time. When you create a report template for a poll, it will be shown in the Poll Reports Dialog Box with the other PollMaker reports (figure 3).

Statistical Weighting

Another powerful feature of PollMaker reporting is the ability on several of these reports to create statistically weighted results. With this feature you can specify that one answer item in the poll should represent a certain percentage of the responses for its related question. When this option is selected, PollMaker duplicates the answers of respondents that have already taken the poll so that the specified answer weighting is achieved within the poll results.

Figure 4:  Statistical Weighting Dialog Box

To take a simple example, assume that you have run a poll that asks respondents to provide their gender on one of its poll screen. Five people have taken the poll, and three of those respondents selected the "Male" answer item for the gender question (60% of respondents). If you wish to see a report of hypothetical poll results as if 75% of respondents had answered "Male," you would specify a statistical weighting of 75% for the "Male" answer item in the Statistical Weighting Dialog Box (figure 5) of the reporting wizard. Then when you run this report, PollMaker would duplicate the answers of the three respondents that answered "Male" to the gender question. As a result, this report would show what the poll results would look like had 75% of the respondents answered "Male" to the gender question. With the duplicated responses, the poll report would actually show that the poll had had eight respondents (five real respondents and the three duplicated respondents to achieve 75% or six out of eight "Male" responses). Therefore, statistical weighting assumes that the additional respondents would answer the questions in the poll in the same way as those respondents that have already taken the poll. These duplicate responses are only used to create this report and in no way impact or permanently change your poll response data.


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