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SCIENCE AND A SLICE OF PIZZA
DR. PAUL J. SCANLON
TITLE: For Validity's Sake: Integrating Qualitative Data and International Health Statistics
There's no point in collecting bad data. While this might seem like an obvious statement, actually putting this ideal into practice takes quite a bit of work and coordination.
Across the federal statistical system (which includes agencies like the Census Bureau, the Bureau of Labor Statistics, and the National
Center for Health Statistics), qualitative methods such as cognitive interviewing are used alongside more traditional quantitative pre-testing methods to insure the validity of survey questions before data are
collected, analyzed, and released.
In recent years, the National Center for Health Statistics has taken
a lead in bringing this mixed methodology and focus on validity to international surveys as well. In this talk, we'll explore three separate international public health projects: UNICEF's Violence Against
Children Survey, the WHO and World Bank's Modal Disability Survey, and the WHO and CDC's Verbal Autopsy Instrument - that are integrating qualitative questionnaire design and evaluation methods
into their overall methodology and discuss the challenges and opportunities in the production of international health statistics.
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