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Reliable vs. Valid?

How can a research project be reliable but not valid?

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1. How can a research project be reliable but not valid?

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DEFINITIONS:

Reliability: The extent to which a measurement instrument yields consistent, stable, and uniform results over repeated observations or measurements under the same conditions each time. For example, a scale is unreliable if it weighs a child three times in three minutes and gets three different weights. (1)

Validity: is the strength of our conclusions, inferences or propositions. More formally, Cook and Campbell (1979) define it as the "best available approximation to the truth or ...

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