Designing and Constructing Instruments for Social Research and Evaluation
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Description: 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.
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Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date: 8/31/2007
Size: 7.05" wide x 9.13" long x 1.11" tall
David Colton is Unidel Professor of Mathematics at the University of Delaware. He is the author or coauthor of six books, including The Linear Sampling Method in Inverse Electromagnetic Scattering (2011), written with Fioralba Cakoni and Peter Monk.
|Preface : asking and answering|
|Instruments and social inquiry|
|Instrument construction, validity, and reliability|
|Purposeful creativity : first steps in the development of an instrument|
|The structure and format of selection items|
|Guidelines for writing selection items|
|Selection items : alternative formats|
|Supply items : open-ended questions|
|Guidelines for constructing multi-item scales|
|Organization and administration|
|Organizing the instrument|
|Administering the instrument|
|Computers and instrument construction|
|Managing the data and reporting the results|