EDDI Conference System, EDDI17 – 9th Annual European DDI User Conference

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Documenting Questions: A Crash Course (half-day tutorial)
Wendy Thomas, Jon Johnson

Last modified: 2017-09-26


The most significant area of DDI adoption since 2008 has been around the development, management, and use of Questions. The creation of question banks, development of tools to organize and field questionnaires, and interest in new and specialized means of data capture has fueled development in the DDI. For those of you that have "Questions" and want to do something with them this half-day tutorial will address the following:

  • Question structures in DDI:
    • What have these structures been designed to support
    • How do they work - with what types of questions
    • How can they be organized - grouping and questionnaires
  • Creating Question Banks:
    • What features are used
    • Where are problems - and how to deal with them
    • Trade-offs between semantics and representation: the special case of question grids
  • Creating Questionnaires:
    • Organizing question flows and adding content - instructions, statements, and visual display
    • Managing the flow of data from capture to variable
  • Question development and management:
    • Creating new questions
    • Managing old questions
  • Future proofing:
    • New features are proposed in DDI3.3, including the capability to describe measurements
    • Thinking about a world where persistent identifiers on questions are the norm and how this changes how you might manage questions.