Survey Results Report: Pie Chart or Bar Graph?

Posted 08.12.10 by in: Know How 1 Response

The final, if not most important, stage of your survey is the preparation and presentation of your survey results report.

The report is your presentation of actionable data and vital recommendations so that the most informed decisions can be made. Regardless of the care taken in the creation and execution of the survey itself, the time and effort spent on your research project could be wasted if the report does not communicate the survey findings effectively.

The research report is your factual message relying on figures, tables, and graphical displays to clearly communicate your research findings. While it is important to have some written conclusions, an illustration usually speaks louder than words.

In creating a visual representation of your survey results there are a few options to consider so be sure to choose the format that will best illustrate your results:

- A pie chart is best for seeing how something is divided among different groups. Pie charts show categories of data in proportion to the whole data set. When analyzing pie chart data look for the largest piece to find the most common category and be sure to pay attention to the relative sizes of pieces; some categories may be unexpectedly similar or different in size.

- A bar graph makes for easy comparisons. Like pie charts, bar graphs are useful for comparing categories of data where you can have a single category of data or you can break down the data further into multiple categories for greater depth of analysis.

Analyzing and illustrating your survey results is fast and simple to do with SurveyGizmo. In just a few clicks you can quickly and easily create a survey results pie chart or bar graph directly from a question and output it as a PDF making it easy to share information with key stakeholders.

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  • john

    what was the best thing about the survey

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