Blaise Tools The tools listed below have been developed by Blaise users to supplement the Blaise system and are available to others without charge. These products are made available as an "as-is", "use at your own risk" basis, with no warranty of any kind. No support from the developers should be expected. One avenue for questions and comments is the Blaise discussion forum.
Documentation and Testing
The Michigan Questionnaire Documentation System (MQDS) is a powerful tool used to help create questionnaire documentation. The CAI Testing Tool (CTT) is an application developed to manage and facilitate efficient testing of Blaise questionnaires. The MQDS and CTT tool have been developed by the University of Michigan’s Survey Research Center (SRC).
More information is available on the website of the International Blaise Users Group, as these tools have been presented during the International Blaise Users Conferences of 2009 and 2010. Look at the following conference papers: Michigan Questionnaire Documentation System, Version 3 (MQDS-V3) and Computer Assisted Interview Testing Tool (CTT) - A Review of New Features and How the Tool Has Improved the Testing Process
Download instructions: The tools are hosted on the ibridgenetwork. Once you are on the ibridgenetwork, go to the bottom of the page to the 'license online section' and click on 'license now'. You will need an ibridge account to continue: Click on 'Don't have an account?' below the login / cancel buttons to create an account if you do not have one.
Once you have created an account (your e-mail address will be verified) and all the requested information has been provided you will arrive at the license page. Read it carefully and if you agree press the 'I agree to the license term' button on the bottom of the page. On the following page press 'Order material' and press the 'Download' button on the next page. Get MQDS... Get CTT...
Playback Audit Trails A tool to "play back" Blaise audit trails and view Blaise questions, response options, and data and keystrokes entered. Its core components are:
- Play Back: reads the Blaise datamodel file and a Blaise audit trail file (ADT) and presents the questions and either the final answers or keystrokes entered at the question.
- Recover: rebuilds the Blaise database (BDB) or a section of the BDB from the final values in one or more Blaise ADTs.
- Recover & Run Blaise Dep: Rebuilds a BDB or section of a BDB from the final values in a Blaise ADT file and uses the Blaise Data Entry Program (DEP) to review the rebuilt BDB.
- Validation: Allows the user to check the validity of a Blaise Audit Trail File.
Developed by the Survey Research Center, University of Michigan. Download (Users need to read the readme.txt file on renaming files, then follow the instructions for installation in Appendix A of the Users Guide.)
Processing Audit Trail files "Reporting on Item Times and Keystrokes from Blaise Audit Trails" is the title of a paper presented at the 7th International Blaise Users Conference (Washington DC, 2001). The program ADT_Report.exe was created to transform the information in audit trail files into a more useable format.
Developed by the Survey Research Center, University of Michigan. Download
TestNote An application to support systematic testing of Blaise questionnaires by providing a fast, structured process for testers to document their work. Developed by Westat. Access
WesAudit An application for accessing and summarizing Blaise audit trail data, It helps
- organize, simplify, and enhance use of audit trail files,
- facilitates ad hoc review of individual case files in development, debugging, or problem reporting situations and
- provides a standard way to extract summary information for statistical analysis and reporting.
Developed by Westat. Access
WesRandR For randomization and rotation of survey items in Blaise, commonly used techniques to address potential order effects in survey questions. WesRandR automatically generates ready-to-run randomization or rotation code for questions in a Blaise datamodel. Developed by Westat. Access
Westat download page More tools and documents are available on the Westat download page: Access