Estimating Agreement between the Q Block and the Q Tool
Operant Subjectivity , Volume 34 - Issue 1 p. 25- 37
The purpose of this paper is to explore the agreement or consistency between the Q Block and the Q Tool, both of which were constructed to identify typologies based on the factors found initially with Q methodology. Both tools are very useful to examine the characteristics of people who belong to a specific type, and to test the difference by types in terms of demographics and other related variables. This study adopted two examples to test the agreement rate, which is defined by the percentage of people indicated as having the same type by both tools. The first example, with three factors, showed 62.20 percent agreement, while the second example comprising four factors showed 70.08 percent agreement. Researchers should be aware of the advantages and limitations of each tool when they choose one.