Have your say

Have your say about issues affecting Wamberal village using our online surveys.

Survey for the Wamberal War Memorial Hall

Built by the community in 1920 on privately donated land, Wamberal Memorial Hall is dedicated to the memory of those who fought for Australia like the remarkable Lt Colonel James Tedder and his sons.

Wamberal Memorial Hall on Ocean View Drive

Wamberal Memorial Hall and park on Ocean View Drive – Gosford Council wants to sell.

The NSW Government vested it to Council for protection in 1977. However Gosford Council has voted to sell the hall and the park along with 42 other playgrounds, parks and reserves.

What do you think the future of the hall and park should be?

A note about our surveys

We have five basic goals for scale points and their labels:
1. scale points should be easy to interpret
2. scale points should be interpreted consistently
3. there should be enough points to differentiate respondents
4. responses to the scale should be reliable (if we asked the same question again, each respondent should provide the same answer)
5. the scale’s points should map as closely as possible to the underlying idea (construct) of the scale.

Scale points

Generally we use a seven point scale that includes a middle or neutral point[1] as we dealing with ideas that range from positive to negative (known as bi-polar constructs).
Sometimes we are trying to gauge effectiveness so we will use a five point scale that ranges from zero to positive (known as a unipolar construct) [2].
We always measure bipolar constructs with bipolar scales and unipolar constructs with unipolar scales. The goal is to make sure people can answer in a way that allows them to differentiate themselves as much as is validly possible without providing so many points that the measure becomes noisy or unreliable. Even on an 11-point (0-10) scale, people start to have difficulty reliably placing themselves (3 isn’t so different from 4 and 6 isn’t so different from 7).[3]

Middle or neutral alternatives

A midpoint response does not mean that people are avoiding taking a position or “Don’t know” or satisficing.
In fact, research indicates that if people who select a midpoint were forced to choose a side, they would not necessarily answer the question in the same way as other people who opted to choose a side[4].
For this reason we provide middle alternatives as they are valid and reliable choices. Forcing people to take a side may introduce unwanted variance or bias to the data.

Labeling of response options

We want all people to easily interpret the meaning of each scale point so we use labels to avoid ambiguity and confusion.[5]. Fully labeled scales have been shown to produce more reliable and valid data[6].
[1] Krosnick & Fabrigar, 1997
[2] Krosnick & Fabrigar, 1997
[3] McKelvie, 1978
[4] Bishop, 1987
[5] Krosnick & Fabrigar, 1997
[6] Krosnick & Berent, 1993

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