High-quality translations of questionnaires are essential for the quality of data collected in cross-national studies. We recommend factoring translation processes into your proposal applications and project planning early on, by taking into account the time, personnel and financial resources required for translation.
Furthermore, when developing the source questionnaire for a study, its translatability and cultural relevance should be considered, in accordance with best practice for developing questionnaires for cross-national studies. The solution is quality assurance on top of quality control. In this way, errors can be avoided and problems that might otherwise jeopardize the actual translation process can be solved.