This guide teaches you techniques to search for and evaluate tests, measures and scales using databases in the fields of nursing, medicine and psychology. When completed, you will be able to:
As a "guide on the side", the Evaluating Tests and Measures Exercise will take you through the process of accessing and evaluating tests and measures.
Tests, measures, scales and instruments are tools used in the research process. They are used to collect results or data on a measurable value.
The Apgar Test
The Beck Depression Inventory (BDI)
If appropriate to your research, using an existing measure can save you time. If the measure has been shown to be reliable and valid, it can increase the quality of your research.
Before using a scale or a test in research, check to see how other authors have used the scale.
Finding the right test can take time! Be patient and find the scale or test that works best for your research.