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Instrumentation: Development, Testing, & Revision


Blending real life examples and humor with theoretical knowledge, Dr. Lynn has designed this invaluable four-and-a-half-day institute for doctorally-prepared researchers and educators, post-doctoral fellows and doctoral students to advance their knowledge in instrument development and testing beyond that typically taught in graduate research courses.

This material is equally applicable to instrument adaptation and enhancement. Participants will learn the similarities and differences in instrument development using traditional and qualitative approaches, along with exploring how each are used in instrument revision.

Discussions will include classical measurement theory, reliability, validity, types of scaling, item writing, instrument components, pilot and field testing, and exploratory and confirmatory factor analysis, along with other measurement-related topics, such as online and mailed survey methods. Participants will leave the course understanding the processes, issues and decision-making in instrument development from idea to final form, as well as instrument revision/adaptation.


Mary Lynn

Mary R. Lynn, PhD, RN

School of Nursing
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill



Quotes from 2015 participants

"It is an excellent review of the instrument development process from start to finish. I have not found this program elsewhere"

"Dr. Lynn set a wonderful warm and scholarly tone for the class. She made it enjoyable with her stories and real life examples, but also full of excellent information! This was probably the best institute I have attended (2 previously). I don't think I have ever had factor analysis explained so clearly!."

"Dr. Lynn's style was very pleasant and fun while also attending to detail for the class. Such a course could be pretty tedious without her anecdotes. Most of the time though, these were not only entertaining but informative as well. Dr. Lynn is just so knowledgeable and experienced - it is great to learn from someone who is so sure of what they are teaching. I really appreciate the reference lists here and in previous UNC courses - I have used these in the past and know I will now. A great learning experience.."

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 The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Nursing is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education (CNE) by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation (ANCC).

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