The Research Ethics Board endorses no particular online survey tool. If, however, you wish to look into Canadian-hosted sites, the following links may be helpful:
If you are considering using an online survey tool, it is important for you to know that if the tool is hosted by an American company (e.g. Survey Monkey), then you need to take certain precautions to ensure the confidentiality and/or anonymity of your survey participants.
It is important for you to know that online survey tools that are hosted by American companies are subject to U.S. laws; in particular, the US Patriot Act, which allows authorities access to the records of internet service providers. UNLESS YOU INDICATE OTHERWISE when constructing your survey, a U.S.-based company’s servers will record incoming IP addresses – including that of the computer that participants use to access the survey. You are advised to set up your survey to collect anonymous responses. The procedure for this depends on the type of collector/s you use:
1. If you use a Web Link collector (or any other collector), you must configure it to not collect IP addresses.
2. If you use the Email Invitation collector, you must configure it to not save the email addresses (in the Analyze section) and not to collect IP addresses.
If you are using a U.S.-based survey tool, the following statement should be included in the Informed Consent statement of your survey:
For Ethical issues involved in using Survey Monkey please click here.