A Crystal report can use an export that was created with an 'ask' query, however the Crystal report will not be able to determine what value was provided in the 'ask' prompt.

In order to use Crystal Reports, you create a data file from The Raiser's Edge. This is the only data that will be available to the report. Crystal Reports does not access the actual Raiser's Edge program. Any filters or parameters created in the report does not change the export file, only what is displayed in the report.

To be prompted for criteria when creating or refreshing a Crystal Report, set up a parameter file.