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Scannable and Online Documents

Despite offering a wide range or research services, from initial research design through to statistical analysis and reporting, it is the use by Savant of the latest computer technology to produce printed questionnaires that are computer scannable, and HTML online surveys, that form the core business.

Savant’s scanning system enables up to 1200 double-sided pages to be scanned per hour; with the data automatically being collated, coded, and exported to a customised spreadsheet available in a variety of file formats (e.g., SPSS, Excel).

There are many advantages associated with the use of scannable questionnaires, most notably:

  • the increased speed and accuracy of data entry
  • reduced data entry costs
  • increased aesthetics of the questionnaire
  • the ability to capture a PDF image of each individual questionnaire for archiving purposes.

A survey methodology utilising a HTML questionnaire placed on the Internet also possesses inherent advantages in that it:

  • reduces research costs by eliminating paper, postage, and data entry costs
  • makes the survey accessible irrespective of geographical location
  • can also generate PDF images of each individual electronic response.

A combination of both paper-copy and online modes of completion often results in increased response rates, with a recent project attracting an 84.5% response rate (N= 1552; n = 1312).

Please use the menu to access more detailed descriptions of both Computer Scannable and Online Documents.

Uses for On-line or Computer Scannable Documents

Almost any document that requires information to be completed and returned or submitted is suitable for on-line or direct mail distribution, and upon return of the completed documents, data is collected on-line or by computer scanning.

These methods allow information and data to be collected and collated within a very short time frame, with confidentiality and accuracy ensured.


Surveys and Questionnaires:

  • survey forms dispersed via direct mail for return
  • questionnaires completed during a personal interview
  • results sheets completed from comments provided at a group situation

Medical Research:

  • initial response questionnaires or forms to identify possible participants
  • questionnaires completed during an interview or medical appointment
  • results sheets completed during or after testing

Human Resources:

  • employment application forms
  • annual leave application forms
  • performance management assessment

Training, Examination and Assessment:

  • enrolment for courses
  • multiple choice testing
  • training assessment and feed back

Registration and Nomination for Special or Sporting Events:

  • nomination forms for participation in sporting events
  • booking forms for cultural events

Conferences and Meetings:

  • attendance registration
  • nomination of needs such as accommodation and transport
  • notification of attendance at associated events and functions
  • feedback from delegates

Retail Order Forms:

  • orders for purchases of goods
  • payment via credit card


  • competition entry forms
  • feedback on products or services


  1. the need for the manual entry of information or data is eliminated, which results in significant cost and time savings
  2. data is available immediately the documents are scanned or are returned via on-line
  3. the speed of the process enables results and feedback regarding the assessed data and outcomes to be relayed to relevant interested parties very quickly
  4. the issue of confidentiality of information is minimised
  5. images of scanned documents can be archived on a CD thus eliminating the need for the storage of hard copies
  6. the on-line facility allows data to be collected from interstate or international participants at a fraction of the cost of traditional methods


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