Delayed Branching is used when you want to create a branch of questions respondents would be led to by selecting options based on the criteria. It is used when you want to create a branch of questions that are dependent on the answer choices of the previous question. This would allow you to create branches of questions for each answer choice.
While Skip logic skips to a particular question for each answer choice, delayed branching works as “if & else” condition. The delayed branching is triggered when the criteria is met whereas for skip logic, you don’t need criteria.
Example of Delayed Branching
Let’s take an example of delayed branching. You want that if respondents select Yes for Question 1, the survey should take them to question 2, and if respondents select No for Question 1, the survey should take them to question 3.
For Delayed Branching to work, we need to apply the logic on Question 1 by creating criteria that say that if Yes is selected in Question 1, the logic should apply. Let’s see how the logic would work.
If the respondents select Yes in Question 1, the survey would lead them to the next question, which is about their experience.
If the user selects No in Question 1
They will see a different Question as Question 2.
The steps to adding Delayed Branching to a question are as follows:
1. Go to the question you want to add the logic to
2. Click on the Logic button on the right side of the question
3. Select Delayed Branching
4. Select the Criteria or create a new one by clicking on Create New. In this case, the criteria would be selecting the question that needs to be branched and each answer choice that will trigger the branching. The next step would be selecting where to skip if the criteria are met and where to skip if not. You can also add more branching by using +Else If. Once you select the second condition with +Else, you would need to assign it criteria. Once you assign criteria and if the above-mentioned condition is not met, the logic would redirect to the Else If condition.
5. Click Save Changes
Note: You can add multiple criteria and multiple branching by clicking on +else if. Make sure each branched question is on a different page to ensure a proper logic path.
Note: Availability of the logic type depends on your plan. Please check before proceeding.