Educational researchers often use standardized instruments to evaluate activities and curriculum goals. These instruments, or tools, are often surveys that have been validated, which means that there is a level of confidence that the tools are measuring what they set out to measure. Whether it is measuring self-efficacy or knowledge or interest in computing, these tools can be essential for researchers, evaluators, and even teachers who might be interested in evaluating whether or not their programs are having the desired impact on participants.

For more information about how to set up a study, please visit how to Write a Research Question or how to Design a Study.