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Field Testing

What It Is and How We Do It

Published in: CAHPS Connection, v. 2, no. 1, Dec. 2005, p. 4-5

Posted on RAND.org on January 01, 2005

by Ron D. Hays, Julie A. Brown

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Field testing involves administering an early version of a survey to a sample of the target audience. By testing the survey in a "real world" environment, survey developers can gather valuable information that helps them improve survey items. The authors describe the various stages and components of field tests and its place in the survey item development and evaluation process.

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