Questionnaire Design, Application and Data Interpretation

Course dates

25 - 27 April 2018 (rearranged following cancellation in March)

Course duration

3 days (approximately 18 hours teaching).
Registration will start at 8.30am on the first day, the course will finish by 4pm on the final day.

Course tutors

Dr Kerry AveryDr Jeremy Horwood, Rhiannon Macefield (course organisers) and others.


Bookings for this course are now CLOSED

Excellent course that has provided me with a thorough knowledge on questionnaire design, application and analysis. I feel confident to use questionnaires in my current and future research.

Course feedback, July 2017

Course fee


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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:    

  • the key aspects of questionnaire design including developing and evaluating a scale using qualitative and quantitative approaches;   
  • administering questionnaires and maximising response rates across a range of health care settings;   
  • handling questionnaire data;   
  • exploring and analysing 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 indicators for concepts to be measured, question type, wording and layout, using standardised measures, piloting, electronic questionnaires.  
  • Using qualitative and quantitative methods to assess the reliability of scales, validity and sensitivity to change and evaluating multi-item scales, including an introduction to factor analysis.
  • 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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