Understanding missions and entries

Missions are assignments your participants complete concerning a specific topic, and entries (formerly known as "snippets") are the bundles of data they send you each time they answer all the questions in your mission. Frequently, a dscout project consists of multiple missions, with each mission asking participants to capture a particular kind of experience and answer questions about what’s happening in that moment.

Each time scouts answer the set of questions you've written for your mission, they create a unique entry–just like in a diary study. Entries consist of answers to up to 10 open & close end questions, including one picture or 30/60 second video–all of which are time stamped and geocoded. Take a look at  these examples of good mission design for advice on how to write your mission's questions.

Single Entry Missions (interview style)

If you want to use dscout to ask specific survey questions that your participants will only answer once, you can do so! (It's just important to remember that you can only ask 10 questions total per mission.) In the following example, scouts like Brandi have been asked to submit only 1 entry to a 5-question mission.

Multiple Entry Missions (diary-study style)

In order to take advantage of dscout's experience sampling methodology and capture a lot more data per participant, write your mission's questions so it makes sense for them to be answered multiple times. In the following example, scouts have been asked to submit multiple entries (3 of which are visible in the screenshot below) by answering the same series of 5 questions repeatedly in different circumstances.

What comes next?

After deciding how many missions your project will consist of, and what KIND of missions you'll be writing (diary style missions, interview style missions, or a mix of both) it's time to write the instructions and questions for each of your missions. 

For step-by-step guide on how to do this, take a look at Tutorial 2: Building Your Missions.

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