Surveys in Test Evaluation

June, 2013
IDA document: D-4934
FFRDC: Systems and Analyses Center
Type: Documents
Division: Operational Evaluation Division
Rebecca A. Grier See more authors
Surveys are a common tool in operational test and evaluation (OT&E). Yet, their full value as a tool in assessing effectiveness and suitability is often not realized. This article describes the best practices for incorporating surveys in OT&E, with an emphasis on survey design. The steps to designing defensible surveys are discussed. Additionally, the article highlights best practices for drafting items, selecting response options, and formatting.