Filter and compare

Filter and compare feature is used to show only the results that fulfill a certain condition. You can select your results by Question and Answer, by Intro field, by Date range, by Respondent, by Language, by Custom score, and by Quiz score.

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What's the difference between filter and compare?

  • Filter will show you only the results which match certain conditions.
  • Compare allows you to see different groups side-by-side so that you can compare them to each other.

For both filter and compare, you'll need to specify the conditions for when results should be shown or grouped together. Let's see now how to do this. In this guide we'll discuss the following:

  1. Set up filters
  2. Filter results
  3. Compare results

1 Set up filters

You'll first need to make a copy of your dashboard since the All Results dashboard will show all the results.

filter and compare - copy dashboard

Name your new dashboard and click Save and close.

filter and compare - save new dashboard

Now you can set up your filters. Click Options at the top of the screen then click Filter and Compare.

Add filter and compare

Click the + and choose the filter type. Common filter types are by question and answer, intro field, or date. Here are some ideas when you might want to use each type of filter:

  • Question & Answer - Find your winners by filtering by the right answer to the prize question.
  • Intro field - When you've chosen to ask for the department with an Intro field, you'll get a list of departments people filled in. Choose the department you want to see responses from. This way you can immediately see which department thought the training was useful, and which departments needed to hear more cases applied to their specific branch.
  • Date - You've placed three POS-items next to your products in a shop to improve brand awareness. All these three items are present for a certain period. By comparing the answers to these three periods you can see which one works best.

Once you have chosen your filter, you will be able to build each part of the condition, for example:

Set filter and compare condition

Tip: When you've set your filter you'll only see the responses based on that filter. When you download a CSV or PDF now, only the responses allowed by the filter will be downloaded.

So far, everything is done the same way for filter or compare. Now we'll look at how they are built differently...

2 Filter results

You can add as many conditions as you like to refine which results you want to view. Use the white plus to widen or narrow your filter.

narrow filter

Let's look at an example to illustrate the filters. In our results dashboard, we want to see results only from those who answered that they are male and live in Lisbon. Here are the options we need to select when setting up the filters:

add filters for filter and compare


Average custom score, Completion rate, and Duration can not be filtered.

The filters will appear at the top of the dashboard:

filters on dashboard

Now that you have chosen to show only the answers of those who are male living in Lisbon, these are the only answers that will show up on all the graphs, for example:

graph with filter

graph with filters 2

Specify if the new filter you have just added should be used instead of (OR) or as well as (AND) the first filter. Note that OR always has priority in these rules. For example, you want to see the results of the men that live in Lisbon that are Satisfied OR Very satisfied. So you're going to set your filter to show the results of the men that live in Lisbon and are satisfied or the men that live in Lisbon and are very satisfied: 

filter results

3 Compare results


The compare feature only works for bar charts. If you want to do more complex comparisons, we recommend that you use  Zapier or Integromat integrations with Survey Anyplace. You can then use either of these integrations to work together with Google Data Studios to make advanced comparisons.

Now let's say you want to compare the results of those living in different Spanish cities. Use the purple buttons to add different filters to compare the groups.

add filters to compare

Here we'll add each filter with a different answer for where they live:

compare filters

Now let's take a look at how you will see the filters shown in the dashboard. Note the colored line around each filter, and see that each color is slightly different. In the graphs, these are the colors that will be used for each of the groups.

compare filters in dashboard

Take a look at how the graphs come out when you are comparing different groups:

compare - graph example

Well done! Adding these filters will enhance your data analysis.

Note that when you share your results dashboard with filters or comparisons, the viewer will not be able to make changes. They'll be able to view the filter conditions by clicking on them, but all the options to change them will be greyed out, as below:

Filter and compare - public dashboard

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