Use cases: Increasingly, for the surveys in which I’m involved, CAPI questionnaires have multiple languages: typically English as the main language and local language(s) as translations. In many of those same cases, the end user wants to export data such that variables have the variable and value labels of the non-English languages. This can be for several reasons:
- Local survey monitoring needs non-English language.
- Data dissemination needs to be done in both English and non-English languages.
Add a selector on the export screen (and property in the API request) to select the language of variable and value labels.
The messy work-arounds I’ve seen are:
- Export with English labels and hope that local survey management works somehow
- Draft the question text in the local language, and then use variable and value label definitions from earlier efforts for adding English labels (e.g., take CSPro outputs, change variable names, revise and repeat until useable, etc.)
These are a shame since the metadata describing variables and values are contained in the Designer questionnaire in the translation file.