SurveyMonkey to Google Data Studio

This page provides you with instructions on how to extract data from SurveyMonkey and analyze it in Google Data Studio. (If the mechanics of extracting data from SurveyMonkey seem too complex or difficult to maintain, check out Stitch, which can do all the heavy lifting for you in just a few clicks.)

What is SurveyMonkey?

SurveyMonkey is online survey software.

What is Google Data Studio?

Google Data Studio is a simple dashboard and reporting tool. It's free and easy to use, but it lacks the sophisticated features of higher-end reporting software. Many of the connectors it supports are for Google products, but third parties have written partner connectors to a wide variety of data sources. Its drag-and-drop report editor lets users create about 15 types of charts.

Getting data out of SurveyMonkey

SurveyMonkey provides a REST-based API that lets developers retrieve data stored in the platform about surveys, responses, collectors, and more. For example, to retrieve information about a specific response to a survey, you would call GET{survey_id}/responses/{response_id}.

Sample SurveyMonkey data

Here's an example of the kind of response you might see with a query like the one above.

  "total_time": 144,
  "ip_address": "",
  "recipient_id": "",
  "id": "5007154402",
  "logic_path": {},
  "metadata": {},
  "date_modified": "2019-12-28T21:59:38+00:00",
  "response_status": "completed",
  "custom_variables": {
    "custvar_1": "one",
    "custvar_2": "two"
  "custom_value": "custom identifier for the response",
  "edit_url": "",
  "analyze_url": "",
  "page_path": [],
  "collector_id": "50253690",
  "date_created": "2019-12-28T21:57:14+00:00",
  "survey_id": "105724755",
  "collection_mode": "default"

Preparing SurveyMonkey data

If you don't already have a data structure in which to store the data you retrieve, you'll have to create a schema for your data tables. Then, for each value in the response, you'll need to identify a predefined datatype (INTEGER, DATETIME, etc.) and build a table that can receive them. The SurveyMonkey documentation should tell you what fields are provided by each endpoint, along with their corresponding datatypes.

Complicating things is the fact that the records retrieved from the source may not always be "flat" – some of the objects may actually be lists. In these cases you'll likely have to create additional tables to capture the unpredictable cardinality in each record.

Loading data into Google Data Studio

Google Data Studio uses what it calls "connectors" to gain access to data. Data Studio comes bundled with 17 connectors, mostly to pull in data from other Google products. It also supports connectors to MySQL and PostgreSQL databases, and offers 200 connectors to other data sources built and supported by partners.

Using data in Google Data Studio

Google Data Studio provides a graphical canvas onto which users drag and drop datasets. Users can set dimensions and metrics, specify sorting and filtering, and tailor the way reports and charts are displayed.

Keeping SurveyMonkey data up to date

At this point you've coded up a script or written a program to get the data you want and successfully moved it into your data warehouse. But how will you load new or updated data? It's not a good idea to replicate all of your data each time you have updated records. That process would be painfully slow and resource-intensive.

The key is to build your script in such a way that it can identify incremental updates to your data. Thankfully, SurveyMonkey's API results include fields like date_created and date_modified that allow you to identify records that are new since your last update (or since the newest record you've copied). Once you've taken new data into account, you can set your script up as a cron job or continuous loop to keep pulling down new data as it appears.

From SurveyMonkey to your data warehouse: An easier solution

As mentioned earlier, the best practice for analyzing SurveyMonkey data in Google Data Studio is to store that data inside a data warehousing platform alongside data from your other databases and third-party sources. You can find instructions for doing these extractions for leading warehouses on our sister sites SurveyMonkey to Redshift, SurveyMonkey to BigQuery, SurveyMonkey to Azure Synapse Analytics, SurveyMonkey to PostgreSQL, SurveyMonkey to Panoply, and SurveyMonkey to Snowflake.

Easier yet, however, is using a solution that does all that work for you. Products like Stitch were built to move data automatically, making it easy to integrate SurveyMonkey with Google Data Studio. With just a few clicks, Stitch starts extracting your SurveyMonkey data, structuring it in a way that's optimized for analysis, and inserting that data into a data warehouse that can be easily accessed and analyzed by Google Data Studio.