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Step 4: Develop Instrument(s)

photo of a calendarHere are a few tips for developing an instrument (whether you're doing it on your own or you've hired a contractor):

1. Plan plenty of time for this process. You may want to send the instrument to important stakeholders or back and forth with the contractor. It is normal to have more than one round of revisions before the instrument is finalized, even if you start with a relatively good instrument.

2. Answer your research questions. Other instruments can help you in wording questions, but make sure your research questions are the focal point for your instrument. It should be easy to connect your research questions and your instrument questions. If you can't explain why you are asking a particular question, don't ask it.