Now a senior research statistician at a major healthcare organization, Collingridge has since researched and compiled his own method for validating survey questions, a strategy he shared in a Sage Publications article posted on Method Space.
What It Means Validating a survey refers to the process of assessing the survey questions for their dependability.
” The response was usually a polite, “I can’t, but have you tried talking to doctor so and so, he might be able to help.” Doctor so and so couldn’t help either. Dave Collingridge is a senior research statistician for a large healthcare organization located in Utah, USA.
He has published several quantitative and qualitative research articles in healthcare, psychology, and statistics.
One of the proposed survey strategies you may have run across is the suggestion to validate the questions in your survey.
While many organizations may urge you to “add validation” as a quick survey tip, that’s about as far as their suggestion often goes.
Questionnaire Development: A questionnaire is a tool to obtain information from respondents.
Making an individual question is a tedious task and validating this questionnaire is another challenge which at times is over looked.
Consideration should be given accordingly on whether the questionnaire will measure quantitative or qualitative data, and what would be its mode of administration.
Unfortunately, validating a survey requires a lot more than that.
Dave Collingridge noticed the same phenomenon when he was a social sciences graduate student unable to find a professor or other faculty member who would or could help him with survey validation.
Qualitative By Dave Collingridge I remember years ago walking the halls of the faculty offices at my university asking for help on validating a questionnaire.