Study Builder: Study Design

Compose your study questions and task design

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Written by Niclas Nielsen
Updated over a week ago

Upon clicking the Study Design card, you will be presented with a range of study templates which you may use as a starting point, or alternatively start from an empty study, using the option at the top right.

Upon proceeding, you will be presented with the 'task builder' interface. This allows you to enter the tasks and questions that participants will respond to as they complete your study.

For each task or question, the following options are available:


This is simply the task or question text. If you opt to work with subtasks (see Response type below) then we recommend instead using this for descriptive text to introduce your subtasks, as can be seen from the example above.


If you wish to ask about or get feedback on specific materials, these may be attached here. This can take the form of either:

  • Files: we support a range of common image, video, audio or document types

  • Links: URL's to webpages or online prototypes

You may include up to 5 of each, and also may include a label for each (if you do not use a label, we will use the text "click here").

If your materials were specified to include a mobile app when configuring study settings, you will see a separate task that enables you to provide a download link to your app. Please use this to point to your app on either the Apple Appstore or Google Play store, and provide instructions if required. Note that by default, this will be provided at the top of your task design, however you can reposition this as required.

Response type

Several different response types are available for selection, including:

  • Think out loud: where a verbal response is anticipated, i.e. no interactive element is presented for on-screen selection

  • Checkboxes: where you may specify a number of options or choices, from which participants must select one or more

  • Radio buttons: where you may specify a number of options or choices, from which participants must select only one

  • Subtasks: selecting this enables the creation of subtasks, each of which may contain a response type. These correspond to parts (a), (b) and (c) etc. if your main tasks are 1., 2., and 3., and help you to organize and group related questions.

  • Scale: offers a pre-populated set of radio button options (by default, 5 items ranging from Strongly disagree to Strongly agree), for setting up Likert scales to assess agreement with a position or statement.

Other controls

In addition to the above options for setting up tasks and/or subtasks, you can use the following controls while navigating the task builder:

Clicking the task number or arrow icon allows the task to be collapsed or expanded

Using this, you may click and drag tasks to rearrange their order

Each task or subtask may be deleted. If deleting a task, be aware this will delete all attached subtasks.

Each task or subtask may be duplicated. If duplicating a task, be aware this will also duplicate all attached subtasks.

Previewing your tasks

Once you have completed your study design, click 'Save & exit' at the top right to be taken back to the study details overview. From here, you can preview your task design by clicking the 'Preview' option on the Study design card to get a participant-perspective on your design.

NB: Previewing task designs requires UserTribe's Chrome browser extension to be installed. Currently, preview is available for desktop browsers only; support for mobile is coming soon.

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