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Year : 2022  |  Volume : 5  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 120-124

Reduce, reuse, and recycle: Saving resources by repurposing data to address evaluation questions

1 Department of Educational Policy Studies and Evaluation, University of Kentucky College of Education, Lexington, USA
2 Department of Family and Community Medicine, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY, USA

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Shannon Oldham Sampson
Department of Educational Policy Studies and Evaluation, 131 Taylor Education Building, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY 40503
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/EHP.EHP_14_22

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Introduction: In program evaluation, time, and energy of program leaders and participants are often at a premium, and survey fatigue is a methodological challenge. Finding ways to reduce survey fatigue and burden on participants while also working to include multiple sources of evidence to answer evaluation questions is a key task of evaluators. Materials and Methods: Rasch modeling was used to build scales from Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) milestone data. Results: Existing data for related constructs were repurposed to address evaluation questions with minimal threat to construct validity. Discussion: This work illustrates a novel way to reuse and recycle existing data to build scales by using a psychometrically-sound survey development and measurement approach.. Conclusion: This work illustrates an innovative methodology to combat participant survey fatigue and include multiple sources of evidence to answer evaluation questions.

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