Course

Cognitive interviewing

The live online course provides training in Cognitive Interviewing, a set of techniques used to test survey questions
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  • Event time:
    22nd May 2024 09:30 – 16:30
  • Format:
    online

This live online course provides training in Cognitive Interviewing, a set of techniques used to test survey questions.

Introduction/Overview

This course provides training in Cognitive Interviewing, a set of techniques used to test survey questions. The course takes participants through the stages involved in testing survey questions using cognitive interviewing techniques such as think-aloud, probing, and observation.

Course objectives

By the end of the workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Understand what factors contribute to measurement error in surveys, the advantages and disadvantages of different pretesting methods and the theoretical background to cognitive interviewing;
  • Be able to design cognitive interview protocols and recruitment strategies, conduct interviews, analyse data and interpret findings.

Topics

The course covers:

  • What is cognitive interviewing and why is it useful?
  • Designing a cognitive interviewing study
  • Sampling and recruitment strategies
  • Developing a cognitive interview protocol
  • Conducting cognitive interviews
  • Management, analysis and interpretation of cognitive interview data

Who will benefit

You will find the course useful if:

  • you wish to acquire a theoretical understanding of the role of cognitive methods in the development and testing of survey instruments;
  • you need to plan a cognitive interviewing project for the first time;
  • you need to gain practical experience of cognitive interviewing techniques and analysis of data;
  • you commission or manage quantitative research in central or local government, health or other applied policy sectors and need to learn about pre-testing methods so you can incorporate this stage of development into your work

No prior interviewing experience is necessary for this course, although some prior exposure to questionnaire design will be beneficial.

Learning outcomes

Participants will achieve an awareness of the critical issues and techniques in conducting a cognitive interview and will increase their own ability to do cognitive interviewing.

Course tutor

NatCen Learning courses are led by experienced trainers and subject matter experts who work within the National Centre for Social Research. Every course is specially designed to encourage the effective transfer of theory to practice through encouraging participatory contribution.