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What is Validity?

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❶A direct measurement of face validity is obtained by asking people to rate the validity of a test as it appears to them.

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Internal and External Validity

External validity refers to the extent to which the results of a study can be generalized to other settings ecological validity , other people population validity and over time historical validity. External validity can be improved by setting experiments in a more natural setting and using random sampling to select participants. There there are two main categories of validity used to assess the validity of test i.

This is the least sophisticated measure of validity. Face validity is simply whether the test appears at face value to measure what it claims to. Accordingly, tests wherein the purpose is unclear have low face validity Nevo, A direct measurement of face validity is obtained by asking people to rate the validity of a test as it appears to them.

This rater could use a likert scale to assess face validity. It is important to select suitable people to rate a test e. For example, individuals who actually take the test would be well placed to judge its face validity. Also people who work with the test could offer their opinion e. Finally, the researcher could use members of the general public with an interest in the test e. The face validity of a test can be considered a robust construct only if a reasonable level of agreement exists among raters.

It should be noted that the term face validity should be avoided when the rating is done by "expert" as content validity is more appropriate. Having face validity does not mean that a test really measures what the researcher intends to measure, but only in the judgment of raters that it appears to do so. Consequently it is a crude and basic measure of validity. A test item such as ' I have recently thought of killing myself ' has obvious face validity as an item measuring suicidal cognitions, and may be useful when measuring symptoms of depression.

However, the implications of items on tests with clear face validity is that they are more vulnerable to social desirability bias. If so, the data are reliable. If more than one person is observing behavior or some event, all observers should agree on what is being recorded in order to claim that the data are reliable.

Reliability also applies to individual measures. When people take a vocabulary test two times, their scores on the two occasions should be very similar. If so, the test can then be described as reliable. To be reliable, an inventory measuring self-esteem should give the same result if given twice to the same person within a short period of time. IQ tests should not give different results over time as intelligence is assumed to be a stable characteristic.

Validity refers to the credibility or believability of the research. Are the findings genuine? Is hand strength a valid measure of intelligence? Almost certainly the answer is "No, it is not. The answer depends on the amount of research support for such a relationship. The following video provides an excellent introductory overview to reliability and validity, including an explanation of terms and specific examples.

Qualitative research has become increasingly popular in the past two decades. Therefore, much time has been spent reviewing ways to judge the reliability and validity of qualitative research findings.

In order to withstand the scrutiny, researchers should spend time giving serious consideration to the following four aspects:. Qualitative Validity - The following overview compares validity in qualitative research with quantitative research validity. Validity - This link provides an overview of the ways in which validity in analyzed in qualitative research and includes an explanation of common terminology.

Triangulation - Establishing Validity - Types of triangulation that are used to improve the validity of qualitative research are discussed in this link. Techniques for Establishing Validity - The following resource provides links to techniques for establishing credibility, transferability, dependability and confirmability in qualitative research.

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Establishing Validity in Qualitative Research The following module discusses reliability and validity in qualitative research, with an emphasis on establishing credibility and transferability. Define and reliability and validity in qualitative research. Discuss the importance of establishing validity.

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Research validity in surveys relates to the extent at which the survey measures right elements that need to be measured. In simple terms, validity refers to how well an instrument as measures what it is intended to measure.

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Internal validity dictates how an experimental design is structured and encompasses all of the steps of the scientific research method. Even if your results are great, sloppy and inconsistent design will compromise your integrity in the eyes of the scientific community.

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In general, VALIDITY is an indication of how sound your research is. More specifically, validity applies to both the design and the methods of your research. More specifically, validity applies to both the design and the methods of your research. Reliability and Validity. In order for research data to be of value and of use The answer depends on the amount of research support for such a relationship. Different methods vary with regard to these two aspects of validity. Experiments, because they tend to be structured and controlled, are often high on internal validity.

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Validity: the best available approximation to the truth of a given proposition, inference, or conclusion. The first thing we have to ask is: "validity of what?"When we think about validity in research, most of us think about research components. Here we consider three basic kinds: face validity, content validity, and criterion validity. Face Validity Face validity is the extent to which a measurement method appears “on its face” to measure the construct of interest.