How to analyze and share results

Last Updated: Oct 12, 2017 11:26AM PDT

Analyze your results


Once you’ve launched your study and gotten your results back, it’s time to get to work on analysis. Before you begin to analyze your results, think back to your objectives. Study sessions are full of rich feedback from participants, and it can be overwhelming to know where to start. Keeping your study objectives front of mind will help you sift through feedback and gain actionable insights into your participant’s experience.

As you analyze your studies, continue to ask yourself the question “Is this directly relevant to my objectives?” For example, if you are curious about the usability of a checkout process and a participant comments on their interest in buying a certain product, this could be an interesting topic for another study, but is not necessarily a usability issue related to your current objectives.

With your objectives in mind, it’s time to jump into the data and videos. Here are some steps to help you get started.


If you’re pressed for time, you can use metrics to quickly see a high-level summary of the data from rating scale, multiple choice, and written response questions. The metrics in our platform are subjective ratings of ease, difficulty, preference, or time on task. These can be used to uncover overall trends in participants’ experiences without having to watch every video.

You can access your study metrics by selecting the Metrics tab in a study or the Export to Excel button.

Try to answer your study objectives by summarizing the data and seeing if there are clear trends, interesting patterns, or surprising responses. If a participant provides multiple low ratings or if the overall ratings are mixed, it may indicate that there are important qualitative moments in the study sessions. It’s important to remember that metrics don’t tell the whole story; you can investigate these moments by clicking on each rating and seeing what experiences led to that rating.

This is a great opportunity to dig into these sessions and understand where these ratings came from.
After using the metrics to initially understand the data at a high-level, you can dive further into the videos to get a sense of where these experiences come from why they happen.

Notes and Tags

While reviewing your videos, you can create notes to bookmark or highlight interesting moments or observations related to your objectives. You can use them to capture points where the participant has gotten stuck or frustrated, finds something really useful, answered a question, or has reached a certain part of the process.

Tags are a set of keywords used to categorize notes into patterns or trends. Tags should be guided by your objectives, and refer to the specific outcomes or behaviors that you’re interested in (such as, “did they notice the call to action?”).

Tags are easily created by putting the tag word in brackets and entering the annotation after the bracketed word. Adding an end-timestamp to an annotation will automatically turn it into a clip.

As you go through a video of a study session, create and tag notes wherever you observe an event or behavior that is relevant to your objectives. When you create a note, write down what you observed, when it happened and what may have caused it. When you’re reviewing your data later or sharing it with a colleague, this will help to clarify the context of your observations.

Compiling data

As you gather observations, you may notice patterns where participants encounter issues. Documenting these patterns will help you to discover insights, create discussion points for team meetings, and identify opportunities for improvement.

Try to answer the questions you posed at the start of the study by identifying and tabulating the common patterns and trends in the videos you watched. Review your notes and summarize them. What issues are most participants encountering? Next, dig a little bit deeper into these issues and try to understand why they occurred.

In this example, agreed that homepage of a website was attractive, however, a few participants were on the other end of the scale. 

While you may be focused on the issues participants are encountering, it’s also important to recognize the things that people love too. By paying attention to both, you’ll avoid inadvertently trying to “fix” something that’s not broken when attempting to improve the user experience.

Harness the power of the spreadsheet

It’s easy to gather, analyze, and share your findings right within the UserTesting dashboard. You’ll be able to see time on task, responses to metrics questions, and more at a glance.

However, if you find that you want to perform more detailed analysis, you can download the data from your study into an Excel spreadsheet. This can be especially helpful for compiling findings from multiple studies side by side, breaking down patterns in studies with lots of participants, and comparing responses from different demographic groups.

Share your findings

Now that you’ve observed your data, you’re ready to share your insights!

UserTesting highlight reels offer an easy way to capture and share the most relevant behaviors and trends from your study so members of your team can quickly access the key findings. String together clips of your observations into a 2-3 minute highlight reel to share your findings.

To make a highlight reel, select the “Highlight Reels” tab in the dashboard. Drag the clips you’d like to add to the highlight reel into the area on the right. Give the highlight reel a title and then select Save Highlight Reel.

On the highlight reel editor, you can use your browser’s “ctrl+F” function to quickly find tags and annotations to add to a compilation.

Other ways to share your videos

Easily share videos with a colleague or stakeholder by selecting the checkboxes for the specific video(s) and then selecting Actions. You’ll have the option to:
  • Send Videos: Sends an email with links to the videos in the dashboard.
  • Publish Videos: Publishes a custom page with the videos (this option does not require you to add people to your account.)
  • Download Videos: Downloads the video to your computer.
  • Embed Videos: Gives you the code to embed a video.
  • Export to Excel: Exports all the study information to an Excel file.
Sharing research findings with stakeholders and colleagues in multiple departments can be a great way to promote a user-centered culture in your company.

Here are a few other ideas for successfully relaying your findings:

  • Use charts to represent any interesting metrics data from your questions.
  • Back up your claims with user quotes from the studies.
  • Be careful not to place blame on any of your teammates. If you have a lot of negative findings, choose your words carefully. “Users found this feature frustrating” is much easier to hear than “This feature is terrible.”
  • Encourage team members to ask questions about the findings, but remind them not to make excuses. They’re there to learn about the customer experience, not to defend their design decisions.


  • Keep your objective in mind when reviewing data and videos.
  • Use metrics to quickly see a high-level summary of your data.
  • Create and tag notes wherever you observe an event or behavior that is relevant to your objectives.
  • Once you’ve established your findings, it’s time to present them to your stakeholders.
  • String together clips of your observations into a 2-3 minute highlight reel to share your findings.
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