Survey Guidelines

Quality of Survey Data

The measurement instruments employed in surveys should capture the constructs of interest as accurately as possible.

The GESIS Survey Guidelines present methods for the quality assurance of measurement instruments. The quality standards developed on behalf of the German Data Forum (RatSWD) provide an overview of the current standards that the development and documentation of survey instruments must meet.

The RatSWD’s document “Quality Standards for the Development, Application, and Evaluation of Measurement Instruments in Social Science Survey Research” is available here:

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