Survey123 Drafts, Multiple Users

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12-27-2022 02:15 PM
AmyGrossman
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Hello, I am designing a survey on Survey123 Connect (Excel) to be used by five different users, repeatedly, on their individual iphones or ipads and I have two questions:

1. If one user starts a survey and saves a draft of it (before returning to it later), does that draft get saved on that person's particular phone or is the draft available to all users of that survey even though they will each have their own phones and ArcGIS Online accounts. 

2. If #1 is not how it works, is there a way to create multiple draft folders so that User A can save her drafts to User A Draft Folder and User B can save his drafts to User B Draft Folder, and so on? 

Ideally, I want to make sure that User A doesn't end up interfering with User B's draft surveys, since the flow is meant to start a survey at your desktop, save it as a draft, and finish it in the field. 

Thanks!

Amy

 

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ZacharySutherby
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Hello @AmyGrossman

The first part of 1 is correct `If one user starts a survey and saves a draft of it (before returning to it later), does that draft get saved on that person's particular phone`, the draft will be saved on that particular persons device and is not available to the other users. Please see this documentation for more information on the different boxes available in the Survey123 field app. 

Thank you,
Zach
AmyGrossman
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I think this should work for what I'm planning! Thanks!

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MichelleWilliamsERM
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I'd like to know more about your workflow - for example.

User A does the initial inspection, User B does the work and submits the record, and User C does the next step.

 

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AmyGrossman
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The workflow is each user, separately on their own phones and using their own log-ins, starts X number of surveys at their desk and saves each one as a draft. Then they go into the field and go to different sites where they resume each survey at each site and complete the survey by recording a geopoint and send in the survey. Then when they're back in the office, I review their survey records with them on the computer to process the data. They all do the same tasks, but I want to make sure each user has access only to their own drafts, not each other's drafts or finished surveys. 

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MichelleWilliamsERM
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You are safe; drafts stay on the device they were saved on; they haven't been sent to AGOL, so nobody else can see them.

If you'd like to dial in your workflow, I can show you another way to complete this process and ensure you don't lose the data by accident. DM me if you'd like to go over your options.

 

 

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