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Much of survey work and data collection is longitudinal in nature, involving repeated observations of the same variables over a period of time. If there is pre-existing data, it can be really helpful to reference and use to confirm the same subjects observed in current survey projects. SurveyCTO helps you pre-populate forms with pre-existing data using a feature called “pre-loading”. Join us in our next webinar on October 23, 2019 at 3 PM UTC / 11 AM ET to learn how to pre-load data into your forms. Doing so will help you save time and enhance the quality of your data.

A member of our expert support team will lead a 20-minute presentation and then open the discussion to any of your questions. If you miss the live webinar, you can watch the recording that we’ll post in our video library

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What you’ll learn

In this webinar, you’ll learn the basics of pre-loading data in a SurveyCTO form design. You’ll see how to pre-populate a form with descriptive information to help enumerators confirm that they’re talking to the same respondents from a baseline interview.

Specifically, you’ll receive step-by-step guidance on the following:

  • Creating hidden calculate fields, to store your pre-loaded values inside your form.
  • Attaching pre-loaded data to your form, to query from inside the form.
  • The syntax of the pulldata() function, which is used to query your attached pre-loaded data.
  • Configuring the whole pre-loading process using the form designer, for the most user-friendly approach to setting up pre-loading.

By pre-loading data, you won’t have to redundantly capture the same data, saving time and supporting data quality.

How to attend

The webinar will be held on October 23, 2019 at 3 PM UTC / 11 AM ET. Register now to attend! We’ll also post video recordings of all the webinars in our video library and share them on our Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn pages. 

You can also check out the video recording of our last webinar on how to make the most of SurveyCTO Desktop, a new feature introduced in SurveyCTO 2.60. And if you need help now, our support team is available 24×7. Go to the Support Center and click on the link to “Submit a support request.” No question is too small.

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Chris Robert


Chris is the founder of SurveyCTO. He now serves as Director and Founder Emeritus, supporting Dobility in a variety of part-time capacities. Over the course of Dobility’s first 10 years, he held several positions, including CEO, CTO, and Head of Product.

Before founding Dobility, he was involved in a long-term project to evaluate the impacts of microfinance in South India; developed online curriculum for a program to promote the use of evidence in policy-making in Pakistan and India; and taught statistics and policy analysis at the Harvard Kennedy School. Before that, he co-founded and helped grow an internet technology consultancy and led technology efforts for the top provider of software and hardware for multi-user bulletin board systems (the online systems most prominent before the Internet).