ERIC Number: ED346149
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Questionnaire Design in Broad-Based Evaluation Studies: Letting Someone Else Collect Comparison Group Data.
Clark, Sheldon B.; Boser, Judith A.
A context in which existing items may provide a convenient source of questions for questionnaires was explored through a case study making use of existing comparison groups. Two programs at Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU), the Science and Engineering Research Semester (SERS) and the Laboratory Graduate Research Participation (Lab Grad) program, are educational programs which have been undergoing follow-up assessments, but for which setting up a control group for each cohort of interest is not feasible. Researchers at ORAU and the Argonne National Laboratory have developed the following evaluation questionnaires for these programs in which certain key items conform to those from large national surveys sponsored by federal agencies: (1) the Survey of Earned Doctorates; (2) the Survey of Doctorate Recipients; (3) the Survey of Recent Science, Social Science, and Engineering Graduates; and (4) the National Survey of Natural and Social Scientists and Engineers. While lifting items from existing instruments is not a substitute for thoughtful instrument development, the technique can be useful and cost-effective if the comparison group is identified before the instrument is designed. There are 10 illustrative figures and a 22-item list of references. (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Energy, Washington, DC. Office of Univ. and Science Education.
Authoring Institution: N/A