About Q-Notes

Q-Notes is a qualitative research program developed to help researchers manage and analyze data from cognitive interviewing studies. Q-Notes was developed by the Questionnaire Design Research Laboratory (QDRL) at the National Center for Health Statistics to support cognitive interviewing studies designed to evaluate the validity of survey questions. Specifically, Q-Notes:

  • Offers a centralized location to store and organize cognitive interviewing data
  • Supports real-time interactive project oversight and collaboration
  • Facilitates rapid and systematic analysis of cognitive interviews
  • Assists in organizing research findings into a final report
  • Produces an audit trail so that study conclusions can be traced back to interview data
  • Allows for a simultaneous pursuit of data collection and analysis, and a grounded approach to the development of analytic codes and themes.


Public Use of Q-Notes

The QDRL has used Q-Notes exclusively with other testing collaborators and other government agencies, since 2010. This has greatly increased efficiency and productivity on QDRL projects, and facilitated conducting of many cross-national projects worldwide. In order to help others doing this type of work, the QDRL and NCHS have decided to allow a public beta test of Q-Notes for researchers to conduct their own studies.

This public beta test will help us do the following:

  • Allow other researchers to use Q-Notes for their own projects
  • Gather feedback from outside sources about the Q-Notes system
  • Decide how to enhance the system to be used by a wider audience

If you are interested in using Q-Notes, Register Today!