Data Collection and Measurement Assessment in Behavioral Research: 1958-2013 | Journal Club Series

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Dr. Nicole Bank, BCBA, LBA-TX


Available for 3 BACB Learning CEUs

This installment in our Journal Club Series will cover the article, “Data collection and measurement assessment in behavioral research: 1958-2013” authored by Kostewicz, King, Datchuk, Brennan and Casey and published in Behavior Analysis: Research and Practice. CEUs are provided for reading the article, participating in an online discussion, and completing an article content quiz.

Data collection and measurement assessment in behavioral research: 1958-2013. As scientists, behavior analysts must take steps to ensure what is being measured captures the actual phenomena of interest. Three tactics in research help evaluate this relationship, interobserver agreement, reliability, and accuracy. This study analyzes to what extent current behavioral studies assess the measurement of the dependent variable.  These researchers report how dependent variables are measured, how often researchers assess these measures, how these assessments have changed over time. This article refines current evaluation tools for researchers and clinicians alike.

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Data collection and measurement assessment in behavioral research: 1958-2013. This is an interactive live online journal club. Participants will receive 3.0 Learning CEUs for completing all journal club activities. Participants are required to have read the entire article before attending the scheduled one-hour live online journal club discussion. Journal club discussions will include article details, article results, and implications for practice. Active participation is required. CEUs will be provided after completing an article content quiz on the BDS learning platform. Only those who read the article and actively participate in the live online discussion will be invited to take the content quiz. BDS is interested in increasing scholarly activities and discussion among BCBAs and BCaBAs. Stay tuned for future CEU events in the BDS Journal Club Series!

Here’s how it works:

  1. Purchase the journal club meeting you would like to attend.
  2. Follow instructions for downloading a copy of the article.
  3. Add the following emails to your contacts in order to avoid important emails going to spam: AND

  1. Receive an email with instructions on scheduling your online discussion at a date and time that is most convenient for you.
  2.       If the product page indicates that a session is already scheduled, you may be able to join it; or, you could pick a different time.
  3. Once the online discussion is scheduled, you will receive a link for the online discussion.
  4. Read the article in it’s entirety.
  5. Join the journal club meeting at the scheduled time. Please mute your microphone upon entry.
  6. Stay online and involved for the 1-hour journal club meeting.
  7. Receive a link to the content quiz.
  8. Complete the content quiz to 80% accuracy.
  9. Receive 3 CEUs.


  1. Describe the importance of assessing the quality of a dependent measure.
  2. Describe three methods these authors identify as techniques for assessing the quality of a dependent measure.
  3. Identify the three research questions included in this study.
  4. Describe how the researchers developed the scoring indicators for this study.
  5. Describe the results of this study.
  6. List two techniques the authors suggest future researchers use to better assess dependent measures.

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