Using Derived Questions

What are derived questions?

Derived questions enable users to create new questions in their report based on combinations of existing questions and choices. When using a derived question, think about the end result first: What do you want to get out of the data, and what point are you trying to prove?

Suggestions for using derived questions:

  1. Income: For example, let’s say you want to identify how the household income in your survey naturally falls out within certain nested groups. It’s the perfect scenario for a derived question.
  2. Looking for age groups based on exact ages: For example, suppose you want to cut the date by age groups different than the ones offered in the QuickSurveys typical targeting.  Let’s say instead of these standard age groups (18-34, 35-54, 55+), you instead can customize your own age categories.  For example (18-24, 25-34, 35-44, 45-54, 55-65, 64-74, 75+)
  3. Looking for college graduates or non-college graduates: You can net certain education levels together to come up with a college graduate category VS non-college graduates.
  4. Grocery shoppers: For example, you want to have a choice that groups primary grocery shoppers and respondent who share the responsibility of grocery shopping.  Then the last choice can be not grocery shoppers.
  5. Exact age (scenario 2) + children: You may find it interesting to see how 25-34 year old with children answered the survey vs how that same age group without children answered.

Creating Derived Questions via the Reporting page:

Follow these instructions below to create a derived question.


First, click on Analyze, then Derived Question.

Go to Add Derived Question and drag and drop questions to the box on the right.

Click on the pencil icon to select specific choices that pertain to the new choice and click Apply.

Repeat as needed, adding up to 15 custom choices to your Derived Question

After you have saved your derived question, scroll to the bottom of your report to see the new question appear in your report.

Exclusive tips about Derived Questions:

  • You can have as many Derived Questions per report as you want.
  • Each Derived Question can have up to 15 choices.
  • Derived Questions have the same cross, filter, timeline, and settings options as questions that existed within the survey.
  • Derived Questions will allow you to have your desired answer choices as rows, as opposed to columns if a subpopulation was created instead.
  • Derived Questions do not display to respondents.

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