Methods & Meanings

Measurements in Quantitative Research: How to Select and Report on Research Instruments

Teresa L. Hagan

measurements, quantitative research, reliability, validity
ONF 2014, 41(4), 431-433. DOI: 10.1188/14.ONF.431-433

Measures exist to numerically represent degrees of attributes. Quantitative research is based on measurement and is conducted in a systematic, controlled manner. These measures enable researchers to perform statistical tests, analyze differences between groups, and determine the effectiveness of treatments. If something is not measurable, it cannot be tested.

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