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The QDRL works with internal and external agencies in order to test survey questionnaires. Below is an outline of our project process. This is the path that projects generally follow; however, this may vary project to project. The amount of time required for each step will depend on the project size as well as the number of projects currently in progress.

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Project Process

Timeline of a typical QDRL Project:

Step 1- Proposal: Client submits a proposal for a project that they would like to be conducted. Once an agreement is in place, QDRL staff work to develop a package to submit for OMB clearance, which includes all specifications for the project.

Step 2 – Clearance: All QDRL projects must be receive OMB clearance as well as be reviewed by the NCHS ERB before the project can begin. This process usually takes approximately 6-8 weeks.

Step 3 – Recruitment: QDRL staff design and implement a plan to recruit and screen respondents in order to ensure that they meet all the specifications of a particular study.

Step 4 – Interviewing: QDRL staff conduct in depth cognitive interviews with respondents. The amount of time required for this varies greatly based on the number of interviews required for the project.

Step 5 – Analysis: QDRL staff members analyze interview data using Q-Notes, a software tool developed by QDRL specifically to collect and analyze interview data. Q-Notes provides a way to conduct a fast, thorough systematic analysis of the data to determine patterns of interpretation for each question and to determine whether different groups interpret questions differently.

Step 6 – Documentation: Findings are written into a report along with a description of the methodology used to reach conclusions. All findings are supported by empirical evidence from interviews, adding transparency and accountability to the research.

Step 7 – Publication: All final reports are submitted to Q-Bank. Q-Bank is an on-line database that houses cognitive interviewing and other question evaluation reports, making QDRL question evaluation studies accessible to other federal statistical agencies, the larger survey research community, and the public.

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