Questionnaire Design, Application and Data Interpretation

Coronavirus (COVID-19) information

The Short Course Programme in Population Health Sciences has been temporarily suspended.


We anticipate opening bookings in late November 2020.

Information on this page relates to the last run of the course and is for reference only. 

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Course dates

6 - 8 July 2020

Course duration

3 days (approximately 18 hours teaching).
Registration will start at 9am on the first day, the course will finish by 4.15pm on the final day.

Course tutors

Dr Jeremy HorwoodDr Kerry AveryRhiannon Macefield (course organisers) and others.

I enjoyed the use of examples as it really helps you to understand. It was also helpful to critically review other surveys.

Course feedback, March 2019

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Course aims 

To provide a theoretical and practical introduction to questionnaire design, application and data interpretation.

Course objectives

By the end of the course participants will understand: 

  1. the key aspects of questionnaire design including developing and evaluating a scale using qualitative and quantitative approaches;
  2. administering questionnaires and maximising response rates across a range of health care settings;
  3. handling questionnaire data; and
  4. exploring and interpreting qualitative and quantitative questionnaire data 

Who the course is intended for

This course is intended for researchers, public health specialists, clinicians and other health care professionals who want to design and/or use questionnaires in a health care setting, or understand the processes involved in questionnaire design, application and interpretation.

Course outline

  • Questionnaire construction: using qualitative methods to inform content and design, developing concepts to be measured, question type, wording and layout, piloting, electronic questionnaires
  • Using qualitative and quantitative methods to assess the reliability of scales, validity and sensitivity to change, and interpreting multi-item scales
  • Questionnaire application: choosing a questionnaire, maximising response rates, case histories
  • Using different technologies for questionnaire administration
  • Direct data entry methods
  • Qualitative analysis of open responses
  • Quantitative data management, data coding, cleaning and exploratory analyses
  • Publication of questionnaire development and use

Recommended reading

David L. Streiner, Geoffrey R. Norman, and John Cairney. 2014. Health Measurement Scales: A Practical Guide to their Development and Use (Fifth Edition). Oxford: Oxford University Press

Course venue

Bristol Medical School
Canynge Hall
39 Whatley Road
United Kingdom

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Course refreshments

We provide morning and afternoon refreshment breaks, including tea and coffee, biscuits and fresh fruit.

If you have specific dietary needs we ask that you let us know in advance.

Lunch is not included. There are a range of local cafes and supermarkets nearby for students to purchase lunch. 


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