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Working with Skip Logic

Modified on: Thu, 14 Nov, 2019 at 4:30 PM


Skip Logic refers to a question branching based on the answer to a question. In other words, the next question a respondent is directed to will be determined by how they answer a previous question. Let’s look at a question sequence that needs Skip Logic. A question asking, do you currently have savings? If a respondent answers “yes”, they continue to the next question that asks: If “yes”, what is the amount of savings you currently have? If the respondent does not have savings, they do not need to answer the  question asking for details about the savings. It makes sense to “Skip” the savings question and go to the next question of the survey.

  • Login to SMDS.
  • Place cursor over the Data Collection Tools link.
  • Click the Manage Tools link.




Here, you will see a list of every tool in your SMDS account. To find the tool you are customizing, select the tool directly from your tool set, or search for the tool by name. Click the name of the tool to open it in Tool Builder.



TIP:  Only tools in draft form can be customized (see status column). To learn how to put a tool in draft form, please use the Customizing Tools guide on the SMDS Help Desk.  

  • Find the question to add skip logic.
  • Click on the white drop down arrow to the left of the question.
  • Click Skip Logic tab.



The Skip Logic window will display. From here, we will insert the Skip Logic for the “No” answer choice.



  • Click the drop down arrow to see the answer choices.
  • Select the “No” answer choice.



If a respondent says they do not currently have savings, we want to skip the question asking for savings details, and go on to the next question.

  • Click the drop down arrow to see the answer choices.


  • Click the Save button.


 When you have finished making changes to your tool, review your tool in Word form and in Preview mode by using the buttons at the bottom of the screen.  


TIP:  In preview mode, be sure to test each answer option to make sure buttons are working correctly. 

  • Click the Publish button.

The tool is successfully published.


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