RTC/OM HCBS Measurement Education Modules

Generalizability and Sample Representativeness

Generalizability refers to the extent to which the results obtained from a sample can be used to draw conclusions about a specific target population.

  • Generalizability is an important goal of sampling. We want to maximize the likelihood the data/information we gather from our sample can be used to answer questions or make decisions about the target population.

Typically, information obtained from samples that reflect the characteristics of the target population is generalizable.