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Guidelines for Analyzing Pretest Results

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This document is provided by the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) ONLY as an historical reference for the public health community. It is no longer being maintained and the data it contains may no longer be current and/or accurate.


(AED, JHU and PN 1993)

Remember these guidelines as you first plan, and then consider the meaning of the pretest findings.

  • Write a clear statement of purpose prior to the pretest.
    • Make sure that the questions asked relate to the purpose.
    • Then use the purpose statement to analyze the findings.
  • Consider what was found and what was not found; sometimes what is not stated by participants is very important.
  • If the answers to some questions are unclear, consider more or different types of pretesting.

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