How can I do a PRE-TEST???

16-Oct-15, 08:59
edited about 28 seconds later
Avatar for AnnJolie
posted about 5 years ago
Hi all,

I hope someone can give me some insight on the following issue:

For my survey I need to generate some categorical data that participants just need to tick off. These are not massively important for my research but function as descriptive statistics or possibly moderators should I find them to be influential on my main constructs and their relationship.

Initially I wanted to carry out a big qualitative research study to generate those items/categories including its own research design. That would have made my study a mixed method study and obviously would involve a whole lot of approval and work. However, I don't think that this is neccessary only to get a few items and it will not stand equal to my actual quantitative study.

hence, I stumbled upon a paper that carried out a pre-test to generate items. It wasn't mentioned in a big fashion, just the facts were stated. So my question is: Do I need to develop a whole separate research design for a pre-test? Has anyone good examples or some literature that would help me clarify what a pre-test consists off and how I can place it as part of my bigger study.

Just wanted to mention that with pre-test I don't mean a pilot study. It would actually entail its own set of questions but on a smaller scale than my large survet that will follow.

Many thanks,
16-Oct-15, 09:15
Avatar for DrJeckyll
posted about 5 years ago
I also wanted to collect some characteristics of participate and case studies. As I didn't know which factors would be important, I used extensive standardised questionnaires. Developing such questionnaires might be a project on its own. The key here is standardised
16-Oct-15, 09:21
Avatar for AnnJolie
posted about 5 years ago
Dr Jeckyll, thank your for your post. What was the basis of your standardisation? Where did you get the original characteristics from?
16-Oct-15, 16:00
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by Dojo
Avatar for Dojo
posted about 5 years ago
Hello - I conducted a retrospective pre test using a tried and ested questionnaire in my MA. I simply designed it so that the partcipants could answer "then" and "now" to each question. HTH x
18-Oct-15, 13:28
Avatar for DrJeckyll
posted about 5 years ago
"I stumbled upon a paper that carried out a pre-test to generate items"

Contact the authors of this paper and ask them for the questionnaire. Most people are happy to help.
This is what I did :)


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