Survey the moment

The PIEL Survey App is designed to gather survey data from people in their daily lives. This allows for a more nuanced understanding of a participant's patterns of thoughts and feelings than traditional survey methods.

Quick Start

You can try out the app using our Quick Start instructions. We then recommend that you follow the more detailed instructions. The app can be customised to suit your research needs.

Flexible questions and scheduling

The researcher can set a number of different styles of questions and schedule prompts for a participant to respond to the survey.

  • "in the moment" responses
  • simple response format
  • accessible
  • ability to schedule fixed time or random surveys
  • no third party server or database required
  • runs even when offline

This approach to collecting data is known as Ecological Momentary Assessment (EMA) or Experience Sampling Method (ESM). These methods are recognised as a powerful tool which minimises recall bias and allows detailed study of influences on behavior. The importance of being "in the moment" means that web based surveys are of limited use and that a survey application delivered and notified by a mobile device the preferred option.

Powerful Research Tool

The PIEL Survey has been used in research projects in a wide range of universities and research institutions. The app has many privacy and confidentiality features that will facilitate an Institutional Review Board or Ethics Committee application.

Researchers at the following institutions have published or presented results and many more projects are ongoing.

  • Children’s Hospital Westmead, Sydney
  • Florida Atlantic University
  • Maastricht University
  • Sydney University
  • Sydney Children’s Hospital
  • Texas State University
  • University of Georgia
  • University of Massachusetts
  • University of Utah
  • University Politehnica of Bucharest

We are aware of 3 doctoral dissertations and one master's dissertation which presented data collected using the PIEL App.

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