Psychometrics and Scale Development in Social Sciences

West: Mumbai
December 8-9, 2018

About the Workshop:

The workshop will be held on December 8-9, 2018 at S. K. Somaiya College of Arts, Science and Commerce Vidyavihar, Mumbai.

Focus of the Workshop:

Measurement is fundamental to social sciences research and application. However, measurement also represents one of the greatest obstacles that the social scientists face, both in terms of daily practice and in terms of the reputation of the discipline. The purpose of this workshop is to introduce to the participants the central concepts of measurement. The workshop will take a "nuts and bolts" approach, covering the critical aspects of psychometric theory including scale construction, item analysis, reliability, validity, and measurement error. The workshop will be structured around a framework of measurement principles and will be based on a combination of theoretical and practice-oriented sessions that will provide working knowledge of concepts using statistical software like R and R-Studio.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand the process of designing a measure, the steps involved, and guidelines that must be followed at each step;
  2. A nuanced understanding of the conceptual foundations of instrument construction and development, including basic mathematical and statistical principles.
  3. Develop understanding of psychometric issues relevant to development of measures;
  4. Understand the issues of reliability, validity and measurement error;
  5. Be able to critically evaluate soundness of a test based on scientific criteria; and
  6. Get hands-on training of conducting psychometric tests on statistical analysis packages R and R-Studio.


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