Developing Better Questionnaires and Measures: Constructing and Testing the Instrument

Ann Arthur, M.S.Methodologist, MAP Academy

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Research Methodology


2014-2015 Methodology Applications Series

Presentation 3

The development of questionnaires and other non-cognitive measures is a challenging task in the research process. This presentation is the second of a three-part series integrating practical strategies and best practices in questionnaire and measurement development from the fields of psychometrics, survey research and educational psychology. It is designed to help researchers write and refine questions and items in a way that reflects the intended construct(s), optimizes the response process and minimizes measurement error.

In this presentation, participants will learn response process theories, guidelines for writing questions and items, how to create the instrument and optimize it for the data collection mode to be used, as well as pretesting methods to refine the instrument.