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What are Pilot, Tryout, and Standardization?
Each proposed revision goes through multiple data collection phases such as Pilot, Tryout and Standardization.
Pilot: In this early phase of data collection, test developers may have new items or a new administration platform to test. The sample collected is small in comparison to later phases of collection, and the data collection window is usually only a few months.
Standardization: In this phase of collection, the assessment is tested under standard conditions with the items and instructions developed in the Pilot phase. This sample usually includes a retest reliability study, multiple validity studies, and candidates with clinical diagnoses. The sample collected during the standardization phase is usually fully stratified to reflect population characteristics captured by the census.
Does Pearson provide candidates for me to test?
No, Pearson will not provide candidates for research testing. Examiners are responsible for recruiting their own participants. They are encouraged to recruit participants in their own community and to use their own social networks (e.g., leveraging word of mouth, contacting people they know). In some cases, you may be contacted by the Research Team to request that you administer a test to a previously approved participant in your local area. It is at your discretion whether to accept the invitation to test that participant. Some of our examiners recruit their own patients, however, please contact the Research Team to discuss this before submitting a reservation request.
Will participants receive test results?
No. We are unable to provide scores or results. We use the information that we obtain to select items for the final version of the test and to determine the range of possible scores.
Will examiners and examinees receive compensation?
We do offer compensation, however, those amounts will vary by project.
How does the field research process work?
Once an examiner has completed the enrollment process, access is granted to the Examiner Portal. The Examiner Portal is our hub, which we use to keep examiners up to date on projects. It is also a place to find important resources to support examiners during each project. Examiners will recruit candidates, and work with the Research Team to learn to use the portal and to manage project assignments.
All candidate information is entered into the Participant Reservation Questionnaire, which is found on the Examiner Portal. Each reservation will be reviewed by the Research Team who will send an email to inform you of which of your reservations were approved or not, and to provide you with and Examinee ID and a Test Event ID for each participant. The Examiner may be required to participate in some training before administering any testing for a project.
Before testing any candidates, a completed Consent Form is required for an adult examinee, or a completed Parent/Guardian Consent Form and an Assent form for examinees 17 years and younger.
A Participant Demographics Form should also be submitted for each candidate before testing. Examiners can copy and paste the link to the Participant Demographics Form into an email or text to adult examinees, or the parents of examinees 17 and under. Otherwise, examiners can fill out a form on the Examiner Portal to have the Participant Demographics Form sent to participants or parents.
Each Field Research project will have its own Project Reference Guide with details pertaining to it. Some tests are administered digitally while others are completed in a paper-and-pencil format. The assessments are often individually administered, while others may be completed by someone who knows the test candidate, such as a parent or teacher.
Once an assessment is completed, examiners should review their work to ensure that they have completed all required fields and accurately recorded all required data. Once an assignment is completed, data is reviewed to ensure that all administration rules were followed and to ensure that the data are usable.
I work with a site. Can they be paid?
Yes. If an examiner has established a relationship with a clinic, school, care facility, or a different type of organization, that organization may be eligible to apply as a site. A site provides examiners with access to their population to use as potential candidates for field testing, and these sites may be eligible for compensation.
Who do I contact if I have more questions?
To reach the Canadian Field Research Team, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We are available Monday to Friday from 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM ET.
To reach a Field Research Coordinator, please email us at email@example.com. We are available Monday to Friday from 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM ET.