women working on a scientific instrument Before you ever step into the field to collect data, it's important to design just the right instrument that will answer your research questions and provide the information you need to move forward.

We have a lot of resources to help you with this.

Starting Instruments from Scratch

If you plan to develop your own instruments or adapt existing tools, explore these resources on instrument design, types of questions, and sequencing first so you end up with the data that will answer your evaluation questions.

Searching Our Instrument Database

Seeking ideas about how to word a question or gather information about a particular tobacco control issue? You can search and download the surveys, observation forms, focus group guides and key informant interview protocols that we have collected from tobacco control projects over the years. Click here to begin.

Using Our Online Coalition Survey

If you are a California tobacco control program looking for a satisfaction survey to use with your coalition, consider using our easy-to-use online survey. Here's a sample of what it includes. If you'd like to use it, contact us and we'll set up a customized version of the survey in our SurveyMonkey account, provide you with a link to the survey for you to share with your coalition, and send you the analyzed results when you're done. It's a fast and convenient way to conduct your coalition survey!

Testing Instruments

The last but most important step in developing instruments is testing them to make sure they are understood by participants in the way that you intend.

For ideas on how to train your data collection team, see Training Data Collectors.