Values and Predisposition Conference

February 16, 1995

The Values and Predisposition Conference addressed a general skepticism surrounding the categorization of values and predispositions, as well as the measurement properties of specific questions. The conference highlighted the need to define specific values and predispositions, and determine if the instrumentation reaches the issues sufficiently. Rather than looking for large coefficients to validate the instrumentation, the need to observe the political environment and context appeared strongly. The conference discussed whether values should be perceived as enduring or slowly shifting, and the impact from campaigns. The Board felt compelled to inform the community better about ANESís indices, scale creations, and derived variables. A discussion arose over whether raw data, as provided previously, should be coupled with more analysis or staff technical reports.