What is the definition of Normative Data?

Normative data:  Normative data is typically obtained from a large, randomly selected representative sample from the wider population. It is data from a reference population that establishes a baseline distribution for a score or measurement, and against which the score or measurement can be compared. For example, "ideal" range of motion for a goniometric assessment of a joint is established using normative data collected from various research studies.

Normative Data

Related Terms

  • Standard deviation
  • Percentile rank
  • Z-score
  • Standard scores
  • Reliability


  • Standardized
  • Regulating
  • Controlling

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