Truly Anonymous Online Surveys

Need to collect honest feedback from employees or people in your organization? SurveyKing can help, with a truly anonymous online survey feature.

Start with an anonymous survey template

Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth - Oscar Wilde

Employee surveys are notoriously a source of mistrust. Employees generally submit answers that aren’t consistent with how they feel for fear of repercussions.

SurveyKing offers the ability to send out anonymous email links and anonymous email messages, while maintaining the ability to draw meaningful conclusions from your data.

The Anonymous Survey Link

Our anonymous surveys include a logo on each survey where your audience can click to learn how SurveyKing protects identities. Only one anonymous survey link is available per survey.

Meta data can be added to the anonymous survey link helping you to further segment and filter your results. For example you want to compare answers in two different geographical regions. Or you want to compare year over years results. SurveyKing use k-anonymity to protect the identities of respondents when meta data is included with the survey link.

Custom Data & K-Anonymity

custom data included with your survey is extremely valuable. This data is used to spot trends in your results, like identifying problem areas with an employee department or office location. Other survey tools strip this data out, limiting your ability to use draw meaningful conclusions from your data. SurveyKing keeps this custom data, but restricts views using k-anonymity.

K-Anonymity hides results when filters or segments are applied to variables that return less than fifty (50) results. This restricts the ability for authors to indirectly identify respondents. In addition to k-anonymity, anonymous surveys do not store your respondents' IP address, location, device, or submission date.

Anonymous Email Surveys

Anonymous email surveys offer you the ability to upload a list of contacts and send out the survey automatically though our system. Just like the anonymous link meta data can be added to the email invitation. Only one anonymous email invitation is available per survey.

You will not have access to see who has completed the survey or not. You only see a button that can be locked to "Send Reminders"

Anonymous Survey Tips

  • Communicate with your employees that the survey will be anonymous. Even direct them to the SurveyKing site to get better understanding of the process.
  • If using your software to email links or if using our anonymous email invitation, communicate with employees that they can review the URL of the survey link with coworkers. The links should all be the same, meaning you (the survey author) isn’t pulling any tricks.
  • Take advantage of k-anonymity and add meta data to the survey. The most common use of meta data is create comparisons for year over year. These year over year comparisons are crucial to making your data actionable.
  • Try not to ask any identifying information such as employee region. This may subconsciously trigger mistrust. Instead rely on adding that information as custom meta data and using our k-anonymity feature to automatically protect identities.

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