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Overview of LimeSurvey Central Instance

The Office of the Vice President, Research offers our research community free access to the survey service, LimeSurvey, 'Central Instance' - a tool that allows survey data to be collected and stored locally (on-campus). The Central Instance offers research ethics complaint survey structure templates and a McMaster-branded survey theme. The Central LimeSurvey Instance can also be used for non-research purposes. 

This Central Instance is a data collection service and is not intended to be a permanent archive or data storage service. It is not the ideal service if you are planning data collection without an endpoint in sight. If you plan on collecting data indefinitely, we recommend pursuing other options.

This LimeSurvey Central Instance has received a privacy impact assessment from the Privacy Officer for McMaster University.

General Information

NOTE: The following only relates to the VPR-supported LimeSurvey instance provided by RHPCS. It does not reflect the compatibility and compliance of other McMaster-run LimeSurvey instances (e.g. CSU, Engineering, Library, Science, etc.). Please see McMaster LimeSurvey Instances for a comparison of the VPR-supported and the Faculty of Science-supported instances. 

For more information about the availability of survey tools at McMaster, please see the section Survey Software Options.

Best used for:

Surveys that have complex conditions

Not ideal for:

Longitudinal surveys (try RedCap)

Personal health information (i.e., information that a health care professional would collect to identify an individual and determine appropriate care, such as a health identification number, medical history, test and laboratory results, health insurance information etc.).

Faculty or student recruitment e.g. transcripts, letters of recommendation

Who has access:

McMaster staff, students & faculty, and community members who are doing research with McMaster-affiliated people.

MREB & HiREB approved templates:


Accessibility:WCAG respect guidelines
Branching / Conditions:

Conditions, Expression Script / Expression Manager

Data stored on Canadian servers:


Encryption of data:


Supported platforms:

Windows, Mac, Android, iOS, web platforms

Available for desktop & mobile


Number of responses


Multilingual surveys


Survey collaboration


Question types

Arrays, mask, multiple choice, single choice, text

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