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.
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
Have you developed and empirically tested a measurement instrument yourself? Then why not publish your instrument in CIS?
Each submission will be reviewed. The objective of reviewing to to optimize the quality of your publication. CIS documentations are meant to observe the quality standards for the development, application, and evaluation of measurement instruments in social science survey research by the RatSWD and the test evaluation system by the test board of the Federation of German Psychologists' Associations.
Criteria for publication in CIS are:
If you are interested in spreading your instrument via CIS or have any questions on the publishing process, do not hesitate to contact the editors or scientific supervisors among the CIS Team.
The success of CIS crucially depends on collaborative efforts from various sides including authors of scale documentations and scientists from the GESIS department Survey Design & Methodology (SDM):