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:
Set standard variables
Identify variables in the law
Develop your responses from identified variables
Convert variables into questions
Capture unexpected responses through coding
Below, you will find slides that teach question development and additional resources that will assist you in drafting questions, and that provide examples of coding questions.
- Question Development (slides)
- Ten Tips for Drafting Coding Questions
- Question Field and Types
- Question Development Table Short Example – Medical Marijuana
- Question Development Table Long Example – Outpatient Commitment
- Question Development Table Template
- Adding questions to the MonQcle
- How to add questions to the Workbench