An element is the basic building block of a report or dashboard.
The two most important properties of an element are:
- Element type: Determines how the data will be visualized.
- Data source: Provides the data that is used in the element, such as results of one or more questions or it may be metadata that was passed to the survey.
This article goes into detail about the element types available in the report builder when you add an element. Once an element has been created, its type cannot be changed.
The purpose of a report or dashboard is to convey information and more than that, to provide insights into the survey results. Matching the correct element type to the correct data is crucial in achieving those goals.
You can create multiple elements for the same data source, this is useful to present and see data from different sides. For instance, for a satisfaction score, you may want to show an average per department and show the average score over time in a timeline.
After you have created an element, many aspects of the visualization can be modified. For instance, if you create a bar chart element, you can choose to show vertical bars, horizontal bars, stacked bars, etc.
Here are the basic element types: