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Martinhk
11 October 2019
Question about the scales

Hi! Our organisation is going to use the scales provided in the outcome/impact indicator bank, but find that some the scale items are not applicable to our service users. Can we modify it or delete that item? Will the modified scales still reliable? Thanks!

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Jason Jiang
21 February 2020

My suggestion is to keep them and test them in a pilot study. If the results of pilot study are not satisfactory, then delete them.

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Hobbs
11 February 2020

Oh I see, but do we need to use reliability test in the SPSS to see if the modified items are suitable for us to use?

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Martinhk
16 October 2019

Thank you for your valuable suggestions!!!

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Dr. MEL
16 October 2019

Please note that usually reducing the number of items would weaken the reliability. Thus, slight change in wording in items is preferable.

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