How do I create graph results for questionnaires?

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How do I create graph results for questionnaires?
Pie charts commonly display questionnaire results. (pie graph image by Tomislav from

Compiled data or questionnaire results may be visually graphed to succinctly display the information. This method of results viewing is an effective way for your audience to ascertain the information in a short period of time. A graph has the ability to show grouped results from the questionnaire in a way that makes their relationship to one another apparent.

Consider accompanying the conclusion report for a completed questionnaire with a visually compelling graph that conveys the most information in the least amount of time.

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Things you need

  • Foam-core poster board
  • Yardstick or T-square (optional)
  • Markers

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  1. 1

    Divide the answers from the questionnaire into categories and assign one point to each response that falls into that category. Keep in mind, you may need to create a "no response" or "other" category for answers that do not fit into the selected categories. Keep a tally of all the answers as the questionnaires are being reviewed.

  2. 2

    Title each representational graph at the top of the poster board with the specific question from which its information was derived. The first thing most viewers will look for is the title of the graph.

  3. 3

    Consider the type of graph that best displays the variety of results you received from the questionnaire. Most questionnaire graphs are pie charts that show percentages of the group answered with various responses. Bar, picture or line graphs are other options. Divide the number of a given response by the total number of those questioned to calculate the response percentages for graphing.

  4. 4

    Draw your graph and label it so each section is clearly defined. Line and bar graphs with X and Y axes must be marked with their title and range of scale. Add colour to make it easier for viewers to differentiate one part of the graph from another.

  5. 5

    You can compare the results from the most recent questionnaire with identical surveys from the past. Use a line graph to show upward and downward trend in the responses. Feel free to skip this step if the questionnaire you are graphing is the first of its kind.

Tips and warnings

  • Add representational images--such as symbols or logos--that are instantly recognisable to the graph to get the point across to viewers even faster.

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