Validating meaning

These are known as factor loadings, and questions point back to the same elements should load into the same factors. Solid values to look for are factor loadings of 0.6 or above.

You’ll occasionally run across questions that don’t appear to load onto any factors, which may necessitate a question removal or separate analysis.

Your overall goal at this stage is to determine what the factors represent by seeking out common themes in questions that load onto the same factors.

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Step 3: Clean Collected Data Enter your collected responses into a spreadsheet to clean the data.

Having one person read the values aloud and another entering them into the spreadsheet greatly reduces the risk of error.

Because there are multiple, tough-to-control factors that can influence the dependability of a question, validating a survey is neither a quick nor easy task.

How to Do It Collingridge outlines a six-step validation method he has successfully used over the years.

If you have a value lower than 0.6, some CA programs let you delete a question from the test to see if it improves consistency.