Blaise information materials
Below is a collection of documents to help you decide if Blaise 5 is the best solution for your organization.
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This is our latest Blaise 5 brochure. In it, you'll find what makes Blaise 5 so special, an overview of the most important features and what other users have to say about our survey software platform.
Today’s field workers need to interview on mobile devices. Blaise has created an application that not only lets them collect data on their smartphones or tablets but also helps them manage their workload. This brochure explains what CMA is and how your workers can benefit from using it.
Blaise Colectica Questionnaires is a survey specification creator, and now integrates with the new Colectica Question Bank. This new tool allows users to author questions and sequences of questions with a simple, web-based interface. Users can tag questions with categories, add custom metadata, indicate how response data appears in resulting datasets, and see surveys in which questions have been used. All changes and usages of questions are tracked in the metadata repository for a full audit trail. Documentation about the resulting data can reference the source questions to provide full lifecycle view of the data lineage. Blaise Colectica Questionnaires can connect to Colectica Question Bank or Colectica Repository to use single questions or full sequences of questions within a survey instrument.
Using Blaise Colectica Questionnaires, surveys are designed once and can be published as PDF specifications, paper forms, Blaise 5 data capture instruments, and standardized XML. The tool allows rapid, iterative survey development and testing. Survey authors can collaborate within the tool, making comments and edits that are tracked in a metadata repository, instead of exchanging Word documents or text files by email.
In the past year, Blaise Colectica Questionnaires has also added support for in-survey search, survey validation, intelligent drag-and-drop survey organization, visual calculation editing, external data lookup, and custom Blaise code in expressions and rules.
This paper was written by Jeremy Iverson and Dan Smith for the IBUC 2020. It details new BCQ features and explains how Colectica Question Bank works.
Now that interviewers can conduct their interviews on Android- and iOS-based smartphones and tablets via the Blaise 5 App, we have developed a tool to help them manage their workload. Gina-Qian Cheung and Team Blaise worked together on the specifications of what we have named CMA (Case Management Application). Development started in 2019.
CMA's capabilities cover the following actions:
- Deliver sample lines to interviewers
- Manage samples within the interviewers' devices
- Download and install survey instruments
- Launch instruments in the Blaise 5 app for data collection
- Handle case statuses (e.g., record appointments, enter call notes etc.)
- Send survey data to the central database
CMA is available since Blaise 5.8.2. This paper explains what CMA is, how it matured, how it works, and what is planned for future development.
Collecting data on smartphones and tablets has many advantages. But connectivity can be an issue. With Blaise 5 apps, your interviewers can move about without worrying about their internet connection. Find out what Blaise 5 apps are, how they work, and how you can use them to your advantage in this brochure.
Watch the video "What are Blaise 5 apps?" in our Videos area
to see the apps in action.
The November overview of Blaise Colectica Questionnaire features with video clips as well as the entire video demonstration of BCQ.
Blaise 5 is especially useful when your survey programme is complex. This paper explains what a complex survey is and how Blaise 5 helps you overcome the challenges involved. To see what a Blaise 5 questionnaire looks like, please check out our National Commuters Survey demonstration questionnaire
The latest Blaise Colectica Questionnaires brochure about the BCQ’s benefits includes video clips to demonstrate the features as well as the entire demonstration video made by Colectica.
A white paper by Barry Schouten and Ralph Dolmans about the Data Collection Innovation Network (WIN). WIN focuses on mobile device surveys and mobile device sensors. This paper details the areas of focus as well as the goals to expand Blaise's functionality.
A white paper by Mike Pierzchala about the importance of mixed-mode surveys. This paper explains the technical challenges of such surveys and lists tools to overcome them.
The 2018 Blaise 5 brochure.
The Blaise 5 brochure from 2017
A summary of the IBUC 2016 and its topics.
Information sheet about the Data Collection Innovation Network (WIN), a collaboration between CBS and Utrecht University.
Information sheet about the Blaise community.
Information sheet about the benefits of integrating Blaise into the Visual Survey Designers by Colectica.
Information sheet about our collaboration with Colectica.
This information sheet summarises the continued importance of primary observation.
Infographic showing the difficulties of multimode surveys and how Blaise 5 overcomes them.