Validating survey instruments
Aren’t questionnaires one of the most common methods of data collection in the social sciences? After graduating I was determined to find out how to validate surveys, so I checked out some books from my school’s library and purchased others from Amazon.
Find a Specific Test Search by instrument name or acronym and limit to the Publication Type: Questionnaire/Scale [documents with partial or complete examples of questionnaires or scales] or Research Instrument [special CINAHL records that describe research instruments and may have an instrument appended]; Find Test for a Variable Search by keyword in the Instrumentation field and/or limit to the Publication Type: Tests/Questionnaires; OR search by keyword in the Instrumentation Index (click on More at the navigation bar at the top of the page and select Indexes) Find Test Reviews Search by instrument name and additional subject headings such as (MH "Reliability and Validity "); OR limit search results by selecting Publication Types: Research Instrument Utilization or Research Instrument Validation Find a Specific Test Search by instrument name or acronym and limit to Publication Type: Tests/Questionnaires [articles where an instrument is included] Find Test for a Variable Search by keyword and limit results to Document type: Test/Questionnaires Find Test Reviews Search by instrument name and additional keyword or thesaurus terms such as test validity, content validity, construct validity, interrater reliability, test reliability, test reviews, etc.You should also mention that it was pilot tested on a subset of participants. Should you report the results from the pilot testing or formal data collection?I think reporting PCA and CA results on the formal data is most useful.OR Find Test for a Variable Search by keyword in the Tests and Measures field Find Test Reviews Search by instrument name in the Tests & Measures or Keyword or Abstract fields; add additional thesauraus terms such as Test Validity, Test Reliability in the Subjects fieldprovides access to primarily unpublished tests developed by researchers.
All records include a summary of the test as well as the history of its development.
Also, I was awarded a grant to validate a questionnaire evaluating clinicians’ impressions of electronic decision making tools.