Dear survey solutions team,
I realize this in an old suggestion, but I did want to respond as it would be a useful feature I think. In our survey doing a complete audio check is unlikely to be possible given limited internet and interviews that can take up to an hour.
I understand the limitations that you mentioned Sergiy, but perhaps they would not preclude such an option completely.
this is about auditing, not the primary data collection. Therefore, in my humble opinion, it does not have to be perfect as primary data-collection does. E.g., the ‘errors’ that you give in the example (change to q14 and therefore rerecording, or enabling 14.5), would not be ‘terrible’. Yes the audit perhaps fails in some of these instances, but does not compromise anything about the primary data collection, and in most cases it will succeed (especially if the designer is clever about which questions to audit, avoiding some of the possibility for error you mentioned - see point 2).
Couldn’t you avoid some of these problems by enabling conditions for the audio to start (e.g., it only activates recording if 14.5 is not enabled).
Perhaps it could be considered to allow sections to be audio audited rather than individual questions. I understand that doesn’t solve the principle of some of the issues you raised (sections can be skipped, etc), but would perhaps reduce the chance of error.
My main argument however would be that audits are valuable already if they work in the (far) majority of cases. A supervisor would recognise the situations in which it didn’t work as intended and this would therefore not be problematic. This could be explained in the accompanying information to selective or partial auditing, so designers and users (HQ/supervisors) are able to take it into account.
Perhaps there are other arguments that preclude such an option, but because of the value I think it could have, I did want to share my thoughts. As always, I should say that I enormously appreciate the Survey Solutions tool and team and the continuous development and new possibilities, so nothing I said is meant to criticize, only to think along with you.