A design is a series of questions. The questions in a design can be broken into several sections and subsections. The purpose of a design is to provide a framework for accurately capturing a set of data.

A good understanding of the types of questions that Slice provides is useful when creating a design, and is covered in the next section.

Before creating a design, make sure you understand the eventual purpose of the data being collected so you won't need to make changes after data collection starts.

Creating a design.

A design primarily consists of a list of questions. Each question (commonly referred to as a variable in Slice), has a display name, along with a variable name. The variable name is used to facilitate analysis of data exports, as well as setting up calculations and data quality checks. The display name is what is shown the the user entering the data.

Slice provides a number of variable types that can be used to capture data in different formats. These variable types are covered in detail in the Variables section, but can cover single choice responses, free text, numbers, times, and dates.

For long designs, it is useful to split the questions into sections. Sections can be added to designs, and can contain a heading, as well as a section description.

Designs can only be created and modified by project editors. Project viewers, site editors, and site viewers do not have access to the design builder.