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Last updated 22 Mar 2021
This term describes when a variable is defined by the researcher and a way of measuring that variable is developed for the research.
This is not always easy and care must be taken to ensure that the method of measurement gives a valid measure for the variable.
The term operationalisation can be applied to independent variables (IV), dependent variables (DV) or co variables (in a correlational design)
Examples of operationalised variables are given in the table below: