National Cancer Institute Home at the National Institutes of Health |
Please wait while this form is being loaded....
The Applied Research Program Web site is no longer maintained. ARP's former staff have moved to the new Healthcare Delivery Research Program, the Behavioral Research Program, or the Epidemiology & Genomics Research Program, and the content from this Web site is being moved to one of those sites as appropriate. Please update your links and bookmarks!

Cognitive Testing

Although the use of good questionnaire design practice and review by experts can be very effective in producing good quality questionnaires, it is extremely useful to also pretest these on individuals who are representative of the population to be surveyed.

To this end, ARP uses cognitive testing procedures in which draft versions of questionnaires are tested in individual interviewing sessions by specially trained interviewers. The objective of this interviewing is to probe respondents' understanding of the questions, and their thinking as they provide answer. This allows interviewers to identify covert problems not otherwise apparent in the design and review process. Cognitive interviewing techniques are used in developing a wide variety of surveys by federal agencies and have come to be regarded as a standard in applying "best practices" for questionnaire development.

Last Modified: 03 Sep 2013