Types of Custom Variables

Types of Custom Variables

Within Ripple, each study participant has a participant profile card that stores all of their relevant demographic and study-related data. Ripple has built-in data fields for basic personal categories, such as Birthdate, Gender, or Ethnicity. For more specific variables for your studies, Ripple allows users to create Custom Variables to store custom study-related data that your study involves outside of our pre-set options.

There are seven types of custom variable fields you can enter into Ripple:

  1. Single Select - a drop down menu of options where one answer is accepted
  2. Multi Select - a drop down menu of options where multiple answers are accepted
  3. Short Text - an open field for text submissions with a non-expanding view window
  4. Long Text - an open field for text submissions with an expanding view window
  5. Number - an open field for text submission of only numbers
  6. Date - a date picker for specific dates in the format of MM/DD/YYYY (or applicable to your locale)
  7. Date Time - a date picker for specific dates and times in the format of MM/DD/YYYY XX:XX (or applicable to your locale)

Save your values!

If you're typing a number into a number-type custom variable on the profile card, make sure you click outside of the box to save the value before scrolling to other parts of the profile card. If you scroll before clicking outside the box, it may change the value inside the variable.

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