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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Blaise Colectica Questionnaires' Benefits

Blaise Colectica Questionnaires' Benefits

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.

Innovating person surveys using mobile devices within research program WIN. The role of CBS’ Blaise®

Innovating person surveys using mobile devices within research program WIN. The role of CBS’ Blaise®

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.

The Emerging Importance of Mixed-Mode Surveys – A Methodological Standpoint

The Emerging Importance of Mixed-Mode Surveys – A Methodological Standpoint

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.

Exchanging Experiences at the IBUC 2016

Exchanging Experiences at the IBUC 2016

A summary of the IBUC 2016 and its topics.

Blaise – Gaining deeper understanding

Blaise – Gaining deeper understanding

The Blaise 5 brochure from 2017

Data Collection Innovation Network (WIN)

Data Collection Innovation Network (WIN)

Information sheet about the Data Collection Innovation Network (WIN), a collaboration between CBS and Utrecht University.

30 years of Blaise Community

30 years of Blaise Community

Information sheet about the Blaise community.

Colectica Integration Benefits

Colectica Integration Benefits

Information sheet about the benefits of integrating Blaise into the Visual Survey Designers by Colectica.

Survey Design Software

Survey Design Software

Information sheet about our collaboration with Colectica.

Why we still need surveys for primary observation

Why we still need surveys for primary observation

This information sheet summarises the continued importance of primary observation.

Challenges of multimode and layout - Blaise brings it all together!

Challenges of multimode and layout - Blaise brings it all together!

Infographic showing the difficulties of multimode surveys and how Blaise 5 overcomes them.

Blaise 4

blaise screen01 datamodel questions Blaise 4 is used widely around the globe. Driven by technological changes and user requirements, it has been continuously improved since its first version in 1998.

Customizing layout, menu items, menu text and language and other special applications

There are many layout control options in Blaise. For example, you can add layout and text fill controls in a question text. The modelib editor, enables you to customize the layout (fonts, position and colours for all panels) of a questionnaire and lots of behaviour options (such as autosave and dynamic routing). The Blaise Menu editor lets you customize the displayed menu items and adapt the used text (and their language) for data entry. You can define buttons in one or more (dockable) panels. Furthermore, the appearance of certain field types can be controlled by applying a value mask. This can also be used to define restrictions on valid data entry (for example, accepting only numerical values in a string field). For selecting a category value (enumeration value), the answer list may appear just as text with radio buttons, or as a list box or just as an open space where the right answer should be typed. This can be controlled in the "datamodel properties".

Blaise 5

The successor of Blaise 4.8 is being completely rewritten in .NET. It has the advantage that it is suitable for new platforms / technologies such as smartphones and tablets. The web part is being completely renewed to meet today’s standards. It is already 508/WCAG 2.0 compliant.

So far, the emphasis of development has mainly centered on the layout, but it is increasingly moving into the next stage: case management.

Customizing layout

blaise screen01 datamodel questionsBlaise 5 has disconnected layout from content. The data model is still the same, but the layout section is no longer used. Instead, a Resource Editor (similar to the modelib editor in Blaise 4) is used to create a Resource Database. This separate file can be reused over multiple questionnaires. The values and properties as set in that database can be changed for every separate question in the data model. These values and properties can also differ between modes (layout set groups), styles or even languages, making Blaise 5 a very flexible tool. It is possible to create a house-style for your organization. You can also still add text fill controls in the data model.

Gaining deeper understanding