Task Type: Sort and Rank

Sort & Rank is a Task Type whereby "cards" are sorted into groups and then ranked within those groups (e.g. most to least desired). This task type is great for use cases where you want to impose categorization to a large list of items, as you can control a number of different factors, such as the number of cards that must be sorted for the task overall and the minimum and maximum number of cards that can be sorted into a given group.

If the Task is Required, a minimum of one card must be placed into a group in order to proceed.

For example, you may need to determine which attributes or concepts are most strongly associated with a set of brands, products, ideas, etc. This can be done with a Sort & Rank Task by defining a series of relevant attributes as cards and then brands (or products, ideas, etc.) as groups. A hierarchy could then be established in order to determine which attributes are most strongly associated with a given brand.

Card Configuration

You can configure cards one at a time by using the + Add Card button or you can add cards in bulk with the Paste Cards option. A photo or graphic (JPG or PNG only) can be added to each card. Although the images are scaled down to fit, a magnifier allows participants to examine for full size card versions during Task completion.

You can use the arrows / handles on the left of a configured card to drag and reorder them as desired. You also have the options to Randomize presentation of cards and Enforce limit on total number of cards used. If your use case asks for participants to sort all 10 cards for example, then you'll want to use this latter option to enforce 10 to 10 cards. Whereas if your use case is more open-ended, you might only enforce a smaller minimum requirement or forego this option altogether.

Despite the complexity of this Task type, Recollective automatically adapts the exercise to fit on all screen sizes. You may wish to preview the Task on a mobile device to become familiar with the mobile version.

Group Configuration

We recommend a maximum of 15-20 cards per Task for optimal usability, although the software will permit up to 50 cards.

When configuring a group, you can use the Enforce card limits option to set a minimum and maximum number of cards that must be added by a participant. You can also use the Display ranking labels option to create in-group ranking and provide anchor labels (e.g. Best to Worst). 

Similar to the cards, a photo or graphic can be added to each group if desired. You can again use the arrows / handles on the left of a configured group to drag and reorder them as desired. You can also configure groups one by one or paste them in bulk. 

For more information on how you can leverage the Grid Task type within your research, make sure to check out our Spotlight: Sort and Rank Task blog article!
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