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Colton, David

Designing and Constructing Instruments for Social Research and Evaluation

Colton, David - Designing and Constructing Instruments for Social Research and Evaluation, ebook

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Written in easy-to-understand language, this important text provides a systematic and commonsense approach to developing instruments for data collection and analysis. This book can be used by both those who are developing instruments for the first time and those who want to hone their skills, including students, agency personnel, program managers, and researchers.

This book provides a thorough presentation of instrument construction, from conception to development and pre-testing of items, formatting the instrument, administration, and, finally, data management and presentation of the findings. Throughout the book, the authors emphasize how to create an   instrument that will produce trustworthy and accurate data. To that end they have included guidelines for reviewing and revising the questionnaire to enhance validity and reliability. They also show how to work effectively with stakeholders such as instruments designers, decision-makers, agency personnel, clients, and raters or respondents.

Keywords: SOCIAL SCIENCE / Research SOC024000

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Publisher
John Wiley and Sons, Inc.
Publication year
2007
Language
en
Edition
1
Page amount
350 pages
Category
Society
Format
Ebook
eISBN (ePUB)
9781119177975
Printed ISBN
9780787987848

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