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Hi... I hope someone can help. Our team is looking at our options around importing data from five data collection instruments, many of which may be used with the same respondent. We expect around 750 individual respondents and around 1250 interviews.


Our current plan is to input responses to questions into a spreadsheet and then import the spreadsheet. Of course, using a Word-formatted questionnaire could also be imported.


We want to be able to link respondents together so that we will know that it is the same respondent replying to separate instruments.


Using Nodes for each respondent and coding the source is undesirable since there will be so many respondents. We have also discussed linking through a relationship. We hope there are better ideas.


Does anyone have any suggestions on how to set this up?



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Dear O Begitu,


Thanks for your query.


You may consider using auto coding to code the responses to the respective interview participant without having to manually create a node for each participant.


Please refer to the following help links for more information on auto coding (sesl, you may be interested in this as well):






You may consider using relationships to link project items depending on the needs of your project. But the time taken to record relationships between project items may be large depending on the number of project items involved.


I hope this helps.


Kind regards,



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