Learn to Write Operational Definitions

Operational definitions

An operational definition provides clarity that ensures accurate data collection. Everyone collecting data must know whether the behavior occurs. A definition that lacks precision leads to inaccurate data and uncertainty of the effectiveness of interventions.

Learn to Write Operational Definitions

Learning Modules

Dead Man Test

Parts of the Definition

How to Write an Operational Definition


your mission

Disocver the basics of constructing a clear definition and understand these examples of operational definitions:

  • Escape or Avoidance Behaviors
  • Access to Tangible Behaviors
  • Access to Attention Behaviors
  • Aggression
  • Self-Injurious Behavior
  • Non-Compliance
  • Flopping
  • Eloping
  • Tantrum
  • Crying/Screaming
  • Swearing
  • Throwing