Questionnaires and surveys
QualtricsFor online questionnaires and surveys, it's recommended that you use Qualtrics as it offers higher data security and protection and is also supported by ICT. La Trobe University also has a license for Qualtrics. When using Qualtrics, you should actively select "Australian Data Centre" and "no IP address tracking" when prompted.
REDCapREDCap is also a suitable tool to use for online surveys. REDCap particularly suited for longitudinal studies and is used predominantly for health research. The tool is managed by ICT and the data is stored on La Trobe servers.
Survey Monkey (not recommended)Survey Monkey is only suitable for surveys that are completely anonymous.
For more information about software for questionnaires and surveys, see the La Trobe University Office of Research Infrastructure Survey Tools page.
Audio and video recordings
- Smart phones - as long as cloud synchronization/sharing is turned off
- Encrypted digital recorders
- Video cameras
For ethics applications, it's recommended that you specify the tools/devices you intend to use for your recordings and confirm (if applicable) that cloud sharing functions will be disabled.
Also be aware that the data collected from audio/video recordings and associated transcripts is likely to be sensitive since participants could potentially be identified by voice, and transcripts may also contain information that in context could be used to identify individuals or groups.
Zoom - recommended
Zoom is recommended for remote audio and video recordings for security, backup and data ownership reasons. For assistance with using Zoom, please log in to the La Trobe Zoom Conferencing Portal then click on the “Video Tutorials” link which is listed on your Zoom home page.
Please note that Skype should never be used as the Skype terms and conditions breach privacy legislation.
The recording of telephone interviews is also discouraged.