Don’t expect quantitative evidence to answer a qualitative evaluation question

A while back I authored a post called Breaking out of the Likert scale trap in which I suggested that, for evaluation work, we might consider transforming more descriptive survey items like this one …

To what extent do you agree or disagree with the following:

strongly disagree

disagree neutral

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The Friday Funny: More questionnaire item traps!

This was posted on EVALTALK by Mary Sehl in 2003 …

From a cartoon by Frank and Ernest:

Ernest: “Look, Frank, I filled out the experimental form for the next census.” Frank: “Okay, but on the first line why did you write ‘fairly relaxed’?” Ernest: “They asked for my ‘current state’.” Frank: “And next

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The Friday Funny – getting survey questions right

We’ve been focusing on items for questionnaires and interview schedules recently, so we thought it was time to bring out this oldie-but-goodie by Peter Sellers in The Pink Panther Strikes Again (1976).

A salutary reminder to check that the question someone is answering is the same as the question you are asking them.

Does

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The Friday Funny: The importance of good survey questions!

We’ve had a bit of fun with a survey question theme this week and last, and we still have a few more ideas up our sleeves for some more next week, so stand by!

Given the theme, this gem from P.A.P. Blog’s Statistical Jokes collection seemed a fine choice for this Friday. A timely

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Approximate answers to the ‘overall value’ question – 5 more survey and interview item ideas

Well, we had a mini theme last week of tips, tricks, and ideas for designing survey (questionnaire) items that cut to the evaluative chase. All these can be used in structured and semi-structured interviews too, of course.

As a follow-up, I wanted to pursue a little more the notion of whether – and what

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