I am working on a product that outputs data visualizations based of the responses people give on a survey. Users are then able to filter this output in many different ways (ie: date) This data can then be compared and ranked to find insights. Recently, the methodology in how some questions are asked on the survey has changed (to improve them) and more attributes have been added. I have been told that these new attributes and any data using a different methodology on the survey can't be displayed together with the older survey data. This is really putting a cramp in things as the whole point of the product is having easy visual representations of these responses that users can then compare.
Now it is either users can basically view and filter on older survey data mixed with new survey data (but only data that has the same methodology as the old survey or existed on the old survey). or they can view new data in its entirely with all new attributes (but they won't see any older survey data mixed in). So it is basically saying users can see [2016 data only, 2016 data mixed with SOME 2017- data], or ALL 2017 data.
I am having a hard time representing this to users in an easy way. It is also hard because really I wouldn't like to put this kind of limitations on the data, yet am sort of having to emphasize it anyway.
The solution I have come up with for now is to add a toggle of sorts. The toggle will be defaulted in the "off" position which is the mixed data [2016 data only, 2016 data mixed with SOME 2017- data]. Users can then switch the toggle on to see the [ALL 2017-] data. In a way, it is just a quick and overarching date setting. On the images I've included, 1 is the basic idea of the interface with two groups at the top that can be interacted with to populate/edit them, and the corresponding visualizations below. #2 is showing my idea of putting some sort of toggle near these groups.
I would love some feedback on this, any suggestions, or anything similar you have encountered.