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Quality of Different Scales in an Online Survey in Mexico and Colombia

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Revilla, Melanie; Ochoa, Carlos

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Abstract "The formulation of theories and hypotheses is done at the level of concepts. These concepts are often tested by operationalizing them using survey questions. However, measurement errors make it impossible for survey questions to measure the concepts of interest perfectly. In order to correct for measurement errors, information is needed about their size, or the size of their complement, the quality. For the USA and Europe, a lot is already known about the quality of questions, but this has not yet been studied in some other parts of the world. In this paper, we use a multitrait-multimethod approach to estimate the quality of 27 questions in Mexico and Colombia. These initial results on quality for Central and Latin American countries show quality estimates that are relatively similar in terms of their relationships with the scale characteristics to what has been observed in the USA and Europe." (author's abstract)
Keywords online survey; survey; measurement theory; error; data quality; questionnaire; development; response behavior; scale construction; measurement; methodological research; Colombia; Mexico; Latin America; Central America
Classification Methods and Techniques of Data Collection and Data Analysis, Statistical Methods, Computer Methods
Document language English
Publication Year 2015
Page/Pages p. 157-177
Journal Journal of Politics in Latin America, 7 (2015) 3
ISSN 1868-4890
Status Published Version; peer reviewed
Licence Creative Commons - Attribution-NoDerivs