Survey Design and Methodology
Skalenentwicklung & -dokumentation
Choosing useful questions is an essential part of survey research. For good survey quality we recommend using standardized, scientifically evaluated instruments (questionnaires/scales) that have been applied successfully before.
GESIS supports researchers finding the right solution, regardless whether the goal is selecting from a variety of validated questions or utilizing complete questionnaires. Furthermore, we share our expertise especially in developing new tools in accordance with the quality standards by the RatSWD, but also in the statistical evaluation of measurement instruments and pertaining measurement models.
GESIS supports researchers in determining the right survey questions with the following services:
A set of widely applied questionnaires is available for telephone, mail, or Internet-based survey research. They have been documented in the Collection of Items and Scales for the Social Sciences (CIS) (German "ZIS" = Zusammenstellung sozialwissenschaftlicher Items und Skalen). Its search tool allows quick identification of relevant tools.
CIS is an open-access publication system for
GESIS has developed economic instruments for quick access to psychological characteristics (please find Working Papers and questionnaires in English here). These constructs are not only required in psychological studies; they become more and more revelant in the social sciences, health sciences, economics, and engineering.
The collection of items and scales (CIS) contains questionnaires and their documentation not only in German, but partly in Englisch. You can find topics such as:
GESIS also supports you when your goal is to shorten existing tools or develop new short scales.