PRESUME that you will be performing a research project on your topic and problem. You need accurate, valid, and reliable observations from a sample obtained from multiple sites by many co-investigators.
You will need to craft an ‘instrument’ or ‘tool’ to facilitate the observations of most interest to your study, and an accompanying training program for those surrogate /co-investigator.
Your goal is to assure inter-observer reliability, as well as overall reliability and validity of the observations.
Craft your instrument and instructions, and place them in the related assignment folder.
Merriam & Tisdell Chap 6
I also recommend looking at Merriam & Tisdell Chapter 10 for the writing of a qualitative study.
An exemplar to consider
- trained_observer_checklist_for_PPE_donning_highrisk.pdf (208.327 KB)
- ObservationProtocolforDE.pdf (486.064 KB)
- NR_SkillSheets.pdf (916.495 KB)