Card Sorting Overview

Card Sorting questions are a question type available in Express missions (both Media Surveys and Usability Tests). Use a Card Sorting question when you want to know how participants think about and categorize a set of objects or ideas.

Participants are required to sort all cards into categories in order to complete a Card Sorting question. This is called a closed sort – open sorts (where scouts create their own categories) and hybrid sorts (a mix of both) will be available in the future.

When using the Card Sorting question type, dscout will automatically track how each card is sorted into each category as well as aggregate the results in a visualized agreement matrix.    

Card sort category and card limits

  • You can include up to 200 cards and categories in a Card Sorting question.
    • Generally, we recommend limiting yourself to less than 20 to reduce response fatigue from participants. For mobile card sorts, we recommend adding no more than 15 cards and 8 categories to a mobile card sort. 
  • Each card and category has a 50-character limit.

How to add a Card Sort question to your mission

To add a Card Sort question to your mission, choose the “Card Sort” option from the question type menu. Card Sort questions are currently only available in Express missions. 

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Write your Card Sorting question prompt (or stick with the default text), and then add the cards (items) that need to be sorted and the categories they will be sorted into. Both cards and categories are able to be randomized when displayed to scouts.

[Tip] Consider adding an “Other” or “Leave these unsorted” category if you’d like scouts to be able to opt out of sorting a card into the other available categories.

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Card Sorting Data and Analysis

When using a Card Sorting question, you will have access to specific Card and Category metrics in the Analyze tab. 

Agreement matrix: Use the agreement matrix to see the percentage (or number) of participants who sorted each of the cards into the corresponding category. The data is clustered to highlight the card and category combinations with the strongest agreement.

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Cards: In this view, you can explore how each card was sorted into categories and the agreement amongst participants.

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Categories: In this view, you can explore the categories that participants sorted cards into and the agreement amongst participants.

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Export: The raw data is available in an Excel export if you would like to analyze Card Sorting data outside the dscout platform. Exports can be initiated by clicking the down-arrow button in the top-right corner of the question in the Analyze tab. 

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