There are four Basic field types that you can use:

  1. Information field
  2. Text field
  3. Number field
  4. Date / Time field


Note: This article covers the basic field types only. For a full list of available field types, see here. To see what the above fields will look like to the fieldworker on their handset, make use of the 'Preview' button on the far right in your top toolbar. 



Information field

This field type is used to display instructions, warnings, or confirmations to your fieldworkers. No input is required from the fieldworker, and this field does not store data.


Example: If a participant gave certain responses, the fieldworker must remind the participant to seek support from a nearby clinic.  




Text field

Use this field type to capture free text responses. It allows the user to type in their answer using letters, numbers or symbols. 


You can choose between two answer formats:

  1. Single line - if you are expecting short text responses 
  2. Paragraph - if you are expecting longer text responses, such as descriptions or comments



Note: Once your changes have been published, you cannot change the answer format. 



If you want the field response to be pre-populated with specific text when it is displayed on the handset, you can set a default value in the Basics tab. This is optional. If nothing is entered, the response will be blank by default. 



Example: Capture the name of the head of the household and default the response to N/A.




Number field

Number fields allow the user to type in their answer using numbers only.


You can choose between two answer formats:

  1. Integer - expects only integers (whole numbers) as responses
  2. Decimal - excepts decimal values (as well as integers) as responses



Note: Once your changes have been published, you cannot change the answer format. 



If you want the field response to be pre-populated with a specific number when it is displayed on the handset, you can set a default value in the Basics tab. This is optional. If nothing is entered, the response will be blank by default. 



Example: Capture the number of household members living in the household you are visiting. There should not be no default response.





Date/Time field

Use this field to capture date and time related responses. 


You can choose between three answer formats:

  1. Date - if you are expecting a date as response (YYYY-MM-DD)
  2. Time - if you are expecting a time as response (HH:MM:SS)
  3. Date and time - if you are expecting a combination of a date and time as response (YYYY-MM-DD HH:MM:SS)



Note: Once your changes have been published, you cannot change the answer format. 



You cannot set a default value for this field type.



Example: Enter the date and time that the participant arrived at the clinic.






Using the legacy form designer? Have a look at our article on Field Types in the legacy form designer.