ReportR: Column Chart


This feature is included in the ReportR plan. Contact us for more information.


Add a Column Chart widget to your customized report to show respondents' results at a glance. 


Learn how to build a column chart:



Here's an example of how a column chart could look in your personalized report:


ReportR column chart - example


How do you build a column chart?


You need three things to build your column chart: Dimension Group label, Dimension Labels and Metrics.


Dimension group labels are for example different classes a student takes at school. Math, Biology, Art and Music are all examples

Dimension labels could be "Student A" and "Average Score"

The metrics would consist out of the grades in this particular example. Both those of the student (picked from a variable versus a set value grade for the average)


Start by giving your column chart a widget name and chart title



Before we move to the next step, you'll have to decide what type of column chart you would like to use. A single column chart, where you present each respondent's score in a column chart or you can use a multi column chart to compare scores with a benchmark.


How to create a single column chart


Single column chart example


What is special about the single column chart is that you don't need any dimension groups, instead you can immediately start with the Dimension Labels and Metrics.


ReportR - column chart settings

  1. Dimension Label - give a name to the column. This name will be shown in the key under the column chart.
  2. Dimension Color - choose the column color by clicking on the pencil. Take care to choose distinctly different colors for each of the columns so the chart will be easy to read.
  3. Dimension Metric - choose where the data for the first column of the chart should be taken from. You can either type in a number or click Variables to access the drop-down menu of variables which you can use. Variables take the data entered during the survey and display it in the chart.
  4. Add dimension - click to add another column and repeat the steps above. To create the graph in the example, we created four dimensions in total.


How to create a multi column chart


Multi column chart example


Start by adding dimension groups, which correspond to each set of columns.  In our example, we created four dimension groups in total, one for each subject. Click add group to add the number of dimension groups you need, and label each one.



Next click add dimension to start creating the axes for your data points. Start your chart by clicking add dimension.


  1. Dimension Label - give a name to the column. This name will be shown in the key under the column chart.
  2. Dimension Color - choose the column color by clicking on the pencil. Take care to choose distinctly different colors for each of the columns so the chart will be easy to read.
  3. Dimension Metric - choose where the data for the first column of the chart should be taken from. You can either type in a number or click Variables to access the drop-down menu of variables which you can use. Variables take the data entered during the survey and display it in the chart. Ideally you should have as many Dimension Metrics as you have Dimension Groups. In this case, each value stands for a score. The value for Metric 1 matches with Group 1, in this case Maths. In total we added four metrics, one for each dimension group (which correspond to a different school subject).
  4. Add dimension - click to add a second data value for each dimension group. You can use this to compare respondent's answers to a benchmark.


Tip: To make advanced design changes to the column chart, you can upload a custom CSS file.


In the example shown here, the class average was the second data value for each column, and we entered a number rather than a variable. But you can do anything you want!


ReportR column chart - 2nd dimension



Tip: Make sure the number of dimension groups matches the number of data metrics. Dimension group 1 is the name for all of the columns shown under dimension metric 1 and dimension group 2 is all of dimension metric 2 values.


Now if you want to show your column chart to all respondents, you're done! Just make sure to click save PDF and continue adding widgets. 


If you want to only show this widget under certain conditions, it's time to set the widget logic rules. Click add rule and now select which condition from the drop-down menu should be used to decide when to show the widget.


PDF Column chart logic rules


Once you've chosen the initial condition, you can specify exactly what conditions need to be met, for example the answer on question must be greater than a certain number. If you need a more complex condition, click on the white circle with a purple + sign to add criteria that will be in addition to the other criteria (AND), or instead of (OR).


ReportR spiderchart - widget logic rules


Tip: If you have set up outcomes, you can choose an outcome as the criteria for showing the widget. Choose outcome from the drop-down menu and then select what the outcome should or should not equal so that the widget will be shown. You can set the outcome as the only criteria, or as an additional criteria as shown below. In this example, we clicked the purple button and added that the widget should be shown if both the response on intro field criteria AND the outcome criteria is fulfilled.


PDF Text widget with outcome criteria


Once you've saved your logic rules, don't forget to save PDF and you're ready to add more widgets!


Why not check out our other widget guides and learn how to add other types of content to your PDF?

  1. Text
  2. Page Break
  3. Question block KPI
  4. Table
  5. Spiderchart
  6. Formula KPI
  7. Pie Chart
  8. Image