Module 3: Question Development

This module explains why policy surveillance uses questions for coding, and how to develop the questions for a policy surveillance or legal mapping project. 

Purpose and objective of developing coding questions 

Question writing is the root of policy surveillance and legal mapping methods. All legal mapping methods use a question-and-answer format to observe the characteristics of the law. The questions also support observation of the law, rather than interpretation. 

The question development process 

This module also walks through all the steps in the question development process for policy surveillance.

The steps are: 

  1. Set standard variables

  2. Identify variables in the law

  3. Develop your responses from identified variables

  4. Convert variables into questions

  5. Capture unexpected responses through coding 

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