Guidelines and examples for reading questions and interpreting data results of the Stress in America™ 2013 survey.

Guidelines for reading questions and interpreting data

There are multiple ways in which to ask questions and collect data when conducting survey research. It is important to think clearly about what the goal and purpose of each question is so that the best format can be selected. Once data are collected, reporting and interpreting the data accurately is as important as asking the questions. Maintaining an understanding of the question structure will allow for correct interpretation.

We have provided a few examples here to help Stress in America™ readers better understand the purpose of different question structures and the importance of using accurate language when interpreting the data. In this methodology, we do not cover every kind of question that can be asked in survey research; rather, we include a few question structures that we have found are commonly misreported.

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