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Create a Test: the Claim Evaluation Tools database

The Claim Evaluations Tools will help you assess people’s ability to evaluate treatment claims.
New for 2017:  Our manual will help you develop your own questionnaire in a few easy steps.
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Can you help us validate the Claim questions? Find out more.

If you are preparing a lesson to teach people about one or more of the Key Concepts you may be interested in evaluating your students’ learning achievements after the lessons.

All questions within the Claim Evaluation Tools database have been developed for use in children (from the age of 10) as well as for adults (including health professionals).

The multiple-choice questions can be used:

  • to produce tests in school and other teaching settings
  • in randomised trials evaluating outcomes of educational interventions
  • in cross-sectional studies to gauge ability in a population, and thus provide background information to help tailor interventions addressing people’s educational needs.

How to create your own test

Example of a Claim question (click to zoom)

We have developed the Claim Evaluation Tools database so that teachers, researchers and others can select multiple-choice questions relevant for their purposes. This means that you can create your own test based on which Key Concepts you want to teach.

If you are interested in trying out the multiple-choice items, please take a look at our manual that will help you develop your own questionnaire in a few easy steps.

To preserve the validity of the questions, access to the database is password protected.  Use the form below to get in touch, and we will advise you on how to proceed.

Please tell us how you intend to use the Claim Evaluation Tools:

How the Claim Evaluation Tools have been validated

The items in the database have been and continue to be rigorously evaluated in several contexts.  Evaluation includes feedback from experts and end-users, and statistical testing using classical psychometric and Rasch analysis. If you would like to contribute to validating a sample set in your context, please contact us.

Multiple-choice items within the Claim Evaluation Tools database are currently available in several languages, including:

  • English
  • Luganda (Uganda)
  • Norwegian
  • Spanish (Mexico)
  • Chinese
  • German

How the Claim Evaluation Tools database is maintained

The maintenance and revisions of the Claim Evaluation Tools database will reflect changes in the list of Key Concepts. Just as it is anticipated that the Key Concepts list will be a “living” document, so also the Claim Evaluation Tools database will continue to evolve.

Relevant publications

  • Austvoll-Dahlgren A, Oxman AD, Chalmers I, Nsangi A, Glenton C, Lewin S, et al. Key concepts that people need to understand to assess claims about treatment effects. Journal of Evidence-Based Medicine. 2015;8(3):112-25.
  • Austvoll-Dahlgren A, Guttersrud Ø, Nsangi A, et al. Measuring ability to assess claims about treatment effects: a latent trait analysis of items from the ‘Claim Evaluation Tools’ database using Rasch modelling. BMJ Open 2017;0:e013185. doi:10.1136/ bmjopen-2016-013185
  • Austvoll-Dahlgren A, Semakula D, Nsangi A, et al. Measuring ability to assess claims about treatment effects: the development of the “Claim Evaluation Tools”. BMJ Open 2016;6:e013184. doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2016-013184
  • Austvoll-Dahlgren A. Nsangi A. Semakula D. Interventions and assessment tools addressing key concepts people need to know to appraise claims about treatment effects: A systematic mapping review. Systematic Reviews 2016; Volume 5.(1).

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