(MIQ)

MINNESOTA IMPORTANCE QUESTIONNAIRE

Description

The Minnesota Importance Questionnaire (MIQ) is a measure of an individual's vocational needs and values, which are important aspects of the work personality. It is designed to measure the following six vocational values (and the 20 vocational needs from which the values derive):

Achievement

  • Ability Utilization
  • Achievement

Altruism

  • Co-workers
  • Social Service
  • Moral Values

Comfort

  • Activity
  • Independence
  • Variety
  • Compensation
  • security
  • Working Conditions

Safety

  • Company Policies and Practices
  • Supervision--Human Relations
  • Supervision--Technical

Status

  • Advancement
  • Recognition
  • Authority
  • Social Status

Autonomy

  • Creativity
  • ResponsibilityResponsibility

The MIQ currently permits the comparison of the vocational needs of individuals with estimates of reinforcers present in 185 occupations representative of the major fields and levels of the world of work. The correspondence of occupational reinforcers to an individual's needs permits the prediction of job satisfaction. The assessment of need-reinforcer correspondence in work complements the usual practice of measuring vocational abilities and comparing them with the ability requirements of occupations to predict job performance. Early research on the development of the MIQ is reported in the Minnesota Studies in Vocational Rehabilitation monographs.

Format

The MIQ is a paper-and-pencil inventory of vocational values and needs (preferences for occupational reinforcers). It is appropriate for use with individuals who can read at the fifth grade level or higher. The MIQ is gender neutral. It can be administered to groups or to individuals. Instructions for the administration of the MIQ are given in the booklet.

There are two equivalent forms of the MIQ:

  •           The Paired Form presents pairs of vocational need statements, and the individual indicates the more important need in each pair. The Paired Form may be preferred for individual clients, especially those that would find it easier to deal with one pair of needs at a time. Most people can complete the Paired Form in 30 to 40 minutes.
  •           The Ranked Form presents vocational need statements in groups of five, and the individual ranks the five needs in each group according to their importance. The Ranked Form may be preferable in group settings, or when less time is available. The Ranked Form usually requires 15 to 25 minutes to complete.

A Spanish language edition of the MIQ is available.

Manuals

The MIQ Manual provides information necessary for counselor use of the MIQ. It includes information about MIQ format, test administration, sample profiles, interpretations, and strategies for counseling use of the MIQ.

A technical manual that includes more information on the development, reliability, and validity of the MIQ has been published as Monograph XXVIII in the Minnesota Studies in Vocational Rehabilitation series.

Scoring

The MIQ is virtually impossible to score by hand. MIQs are scored by Vocational Psychology Research. A computer-generated profile and interpretation are provided for each scored MIQ. Answer sheets are scored and reports mailed to the user within 24 hours of receipt (except weekends and holidays) on scoring batches of 20 or fewer MIQ answer sheets. Batches of more than 20 generally receive 48-hour service.

Optional services include the Extended Report, duplicate reports, and overnight delivery of reports.

Content of Reports

The MIQ is scored on each vocational value and need dimension listed above; the Ranked Form includes one additional need, Autonomy. Scores are presented in a graphic profile, which is interpreted in terms of the importance of these values and needs to the individual. The MIQ report includes an overall consistency-of-response score; the paired form also includes an error factor for the scale score on each need scale.

The MIQ report also provides information on the correspondence between the individual's need pattern and Occupational Reinforcer Patterns (ORPs).

The Standard MIQ Report gives this information for 90 benchmark occupations grouped into six Occupational Reinforcer Clusters (ORCs) according to similarity of reinforcer patterns. The individual's correspondence index and a prediction of the likelihood of the individual being satisfied are provided for each of these occupations and each ORC.

The optional Extended MIQ Report provides similar information for all 185 occupations with ORPs.

Scoring Charges for Each MIQ Answer Sheet

Standard Report

  • Single copy of the printed report..............................$3.00
  • Two copies of the printed report..............................$3.15

Extended Report

  • Single copy of the printed report……........................$3.25
  • Two copies of the printed report.............................$3.45

Postage and handling costs are additional. Current rates are $.80 for the first two ounces (1 or 2 reports) and $.40 for each additional ounce. Scoring charges are billed monthly.

Research Use of MIQ data

To facilitate the research use of MIQ data, users of the MIQ scoring service may obtain their data on floppy disks (IBM-compatible).

Data available include:

  •            Examinee demographic data,
  •            Item response data, and
  •            Need and value scale scores and logical consistency scores.

A cost quotation for retrieval of the data will be provided on request.

 

MIQ Counselor's Manual

MIQ Technical Manual

MIQ Bibliography

MIQ Paired form Booklet (sample)

MIQ Paired form Answer sheet (sample)

MIQ Ranked form Booklet (sample)

MIQ Ranked form Answer sheet (sample)

 

MIQ Ordering Information

Combined Sets

MIQ Starter Set Includes: 50 MIQ answer sheets, 1 MIQ Manual,1 Occupational Reinforcer Patterns (1986), and 10 re-usable booklets in the following choices of combinations:

          #130 Paired Form

          #131 Ranked Form

          #132 1/2 Paired, 1/2 Ranked...................................$39.50 each set

Separate Items

MIQ Booklets (re-usable), available in English or Spanish editions. The English edition is shipped unless another edition is specified (minimum order 10)

          #110 Paired Form

          #120 Ranked Form

  • 10 to 99 copies….............................................$.70 each
  • 100 to 249 copies..……......................................$.67 each
  • 250 copies or more...……........….............……........$.64 each

MIQ Answer Sheets (non-reusable, minimum order 50)

          #111 Paired Form

          #121 Ranked Form

  • 10 to 499 sheets...............................................$.12 each
  • 500 to 999 sheets..............................................$.115 each
  • 1000 or more sheets...........................................$.11 each

#951 Occupational Reinforcer Patterns (1986)..$20.00

#943 MOCS III..........................................................$27.50

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