What kinds of questions can I ask in a mission?

You can ask scouts close ended questions, open ended questions, or ask them to take a picture or video. Missions are limited to a single media prompt, and usually include a mixture of close and open ended questions. Missions are also limited to 10 questions total, but you can ask participants to answer that same series of questions multiple times in different contexts. For more on this, take a look at understanding missions and entries

Question Categories 

  1. Media Questions: You can only ask one media question per mission (though scouts will answer it repeatedly if you ask them to submit multiple entries), so make it the anchor of your research. What scouts show you using photos or videos will probably be the meat-and-potatoes of your project.
  2. Closed Ended Questions: These are great for quantitive research. They're easy to sort and analyze when you're making sense of your data.
  3. Open Ended Questions: These are great for qualitative research. But scouts are typing with their thumbs, so be as specific as you can about what you'd like to know.

Question Types

  • Picture - prompt scouts to take a picture or screenshot
  • Video - prompt scouts to take a 30 or 60 second video
  • Mixed Media - ask scouts to take either a photo, screenshot or a video
  • Single Select - scouts can only check one answer
  • Multiple Select - scouts can check as many answers as you allow
  • Short Response - answers are limited to 140 characters
  • Open Ended - no character limit for answers
  • Scale Rating - scouts can choose a number between 1 to 100 to rate the intensity of their feeling
  • Number - scouts can type just about any number
  • Checkpoint - Give scouts a breather or additional context without asking a question.

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