Introduction to version 22.2

You should create QIF files for QPSMR Telin (and QPSMR Input) using QPSMR Companion.

QPSMR Input has been replaced by Companion Input which is also free to use.

Use Companion Input to enter data for paper and CAPI (Computer Assisted Personal Interview) surveys.  An Android version is also available.

This is the documentation for QPSMR Telin.  This is the program from the QPSMR Classic suite that is used for entering CATI questionnaires.

 

QPSMR Classic and Companion programs are authored by NetMR Scotland Ltd, see companion.scot.

The main dealer is QPSMR Limited, see qpsmr.org.uk.

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Shows seconds elapsed when questions first shown, and "now" if going back

This version can communicate with the INVADE dialling system

The top right close icon has been disabled in Telin.

For CATI the sample data file is no longer locked allowing for analysis of this file during interviewing.

This is now a 64 bit program. 32 bit version is also available.

Random ordering of questions and responses can now be repeated in later questions and responses.

Encrypted telephone numbers will be shown decrypted unless hidden (set in QPSMR Companion)

CATI added records (not from sample) now show dialog box to enter the telephone number

Integer questions can now accept up to 15 digits.

If more than one TELNUM is used for CATI then a version 3 sample index file is created with up to 3 the telephone numbers in it.

New option (set in the QPSMR Companion) to prevent changes to questions that contain data when a record is loaded (CATI sample data).

Only minor bug fixes in this version.

New options to restrict the buttons available in the failed contact dialog box depending on the response chosen from the list.

New options to disable buttons on the Start of interview dialog box.

New facility to hide appointments allocated to other interviewers

When a record has more that 1 telephone number the interviewer can choose which one to dial.

New dialer socket Hangup and Close commands.

When using a socket dialer "Add serial" shows "New Serial information" dialog that allows a telephone number to be input and dialled .

Socket Ready command includes user and study.

Socket closes and opens for each exchange of messages.

Only minor bug fixes in this version.

Telin has a new socket connection to a PDS.

Only minor bug fixes in this version.

Only minor bug fixes in this version.

Only minor bug fixes in this version.

Only minor bug fixes in this version.

Now uses TAPI 3 for dialling (telephony)

Can call an external pipe program during CATI/CAPI input

Can call an external pipe program for PDS use and dialling

Response key numbers may now start at 0 instead of 1.

For new projects with the relevant ZZZUN entries, the Windows login names are stored instead of user numbers and you will no longer be asked for your number/name when starting Input or Telin.

Only minor bug fixes in this version.

Filters can be stored in the data.

Suspended questions do not appear in verify mode.

Randomization improved.

Character questions can be up to 2000 characters wide.

Program restructured for faster startup.

Uses TAPI version 2.1 (earlier versions used TAPI 2.0).

CATI TAPI line errors can be requested from View options dialog box.

Up to 999 card types are allowed.

Record lengths up to 130,000  are allowed.

Up to 314 card types are allowed.

Ability to read a Unicode QDF.

New "suspend" setting for questions and responses that are unavailable in Input mode, but are visible in other modes.

Response lists can be up to 9999 long.  Response lists over 999 will need 4 digit input codes.

The verify difference correct dialog for character questions has been improved.

A new Dial and Wait button that waits 30 seconds for an answer before hanging up.

If a questionnaire is aborted (F12), the "failed" dialog box with the list of reasons for failure appears before, or instead of, QEND4.

The program and file type icons have changed.

Main features

These programs comply with relevant market research quality standards.

They run under Microsoft Windows Vista, 7, 8, 10, and 11.  They are written in C++.

Entry is accomplished using keyboard or mouse and the user can employ either method at any time.

Data is fully validated during entry.  Once data has been entered it is "clean" and ready to use.

Entry will skip past unwanted questions (sometimes called filtering or routing) and randomization of questions and responses is possible (not in paper mode).

Data is stored in market research standard formats with a choice of fixed format character or binary.

Partially completed questionnaires can be saved and recalled for completion.

Multiple users can enter data simultaneously to the same data file on a central server.

IMPORTANT notes for users

When starting a project you may get a warning that the size of ZZZQFE and ZZZLQN needs to be increased. You can safely ignore this message for old project files created with versions 2004.1 and earlier, but all new projects should have been set up with both these entries set to width 30.  Please inform the person who supplied the project files if you get this message.

You may also get a message showing a version number followed by "This project was created with the above version of the software".  This means that the software you are using is out of date and you should obtain a later release.  You should not use the project files with your old version without checking that this is OK with your supplier.

You should always be using the latest version of QPSMR Telin.

For more information please contact your supplier, or QPSMR Limited at www.qpsmr.org.uk or by phone from the UK on 01491 825644 or +44 1491 825644 from elsewhere.

QPSMR Input

The QPSMR Input program has been replaced by Companion Input.

QPSMR Telin

QPSMR Telin is a licensed, input program that enables data entry whilst conducting an interview "live" over the telephone with the respondent. If "Telephone" has been selected as the entry mode, then QPSMR Telin is needed instead of Companion Input to enter the data. The interviewer is able make appointments with QPSMR Telin.

For full CATI (Computer Assisted Telephone Interviewing) facilities, such as Sample Management and Quota Control, the project files must be created with Companion CATI version.

If you have QPSMR Telin installed then you do not need QPSMR Input.  You can install Companion Input and QPSMR Telin on the same computer.