Characteristics of a good research tool are?

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Q. Characteristics of a good research tool are? (June 2023 UGC NET)

(A) Reliability

(B) Availability

(C) Validity

(D) Usability

(E) Scalability

Choose the correct answer from the options given below:

1. A, B, C only

2. B, C, D only

3. A, C, E only

4. A, C, D only

Correct Ans: (4)

Explanation:

(A) Reliability: A good research tool should demonstrate reliability, meaning that it consistently produces consistent and stable results over time and across different conditions. Reliability ensures that the tool accurately measures the phenomenon or variable of interest, allowing researchers to have confidence in the validity of their findings.

(C) Validity: Validity refers to the extent to which a research tool accurately measures what it is intended to measure. A good research tool should possess validity, ensuring that it effectively captures the construct or concept under investigation. Validity ensures that the tool provides meaningful and accurate data that can be used to draw valid conclusions and make informed decisions.

(D) Usability: Usability refers to the ease of use and practicality of a research tool. A good research tool should be user-friendly, allowing researchers to efficiently and effectively collect data without encountering unnecessary barriers or complications. Usability enhances the overall efficiency and productivity of the research process, enabling researchers to focus on analyzing and interpreting data rather than struggling with cumbersome or complex tools.

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