Measures for Screening, Assessment, and Evaluating Practice
POST UPDATED 12/13/2016
Is this student appropriate for group? How significant are the student’s presenting issues? Are my interventions making a difference?
Being able to objectively justify our choice of interventions and quantitatively demonstrate their effectiveness is becoming increasingly dire as resources available to schools are constantly being stretched.
In addition to establishing job security, social workers are ethically compelled to monitor and evaluate policies, the implementation of programs, and practice interventions (NASW Code of Ethics 5.02a).
I’ve compiled a (non-exhaustive) list of resources to screening, assessment, and evaluation of practice instruments below. Some of the resources are measurements that are free of cost and other resources are links to compendiums of measurements with reviews.
Mental Health Screening and Evaluation Compendium *FREELY ACCESSIBLE*
Provides a comprehensive source of freely accessible no-cost mental health, social-emotional, and behavioral screening tools for children and adolescents.
Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire (SDQ) – *FREELY ACCESSIBLE*
The Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire (SDQ) is a brief behavioral screening questionnaire for 3-16 year olds. It measures emotional symptoms, conduct problems, hyperactivity/inattention, peer relationship problems, and pro-social behaviors. The SDQ can be used for screening, assessment, and evaluation of practice–making it extremely versatile. The questionnaire’s website offers online scoring and report generation.
Measuring Violence-Related Attitudes, Behaviors, and Influences Among Youths: A Compendium of Assessment Tools – Second Edition – *FREELY ACCESSIBLE*
Developed by the Center for Disease Control, this compendium provides researchers and prevention specialists with a set of tools to assess violence-related beliefs, behaviors, and influences, as well as to evaluate programs to prevent youth violence. Includes scales.
Measuring Bullying Victimization, Perpetration, and Bystander Experiences: A Compendium of Assessment Tools – *FREELY ACCESSIBLE*
This compendium provides researchers, prevention specialists, and health educators with tools to measure a range of bullying experiences: bully perpetration, bully victimization, bully-victim experiences, and bystander experiences. Includes scales.
Compendium of SEL Assessment Tools – Preschool through Elementary
Developed by the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL). Most of the measures are public domain (free).
Compendium of Screening Tools for Early Childhood Social-Emotional Development
Has some overlap with the CASEL tool, but the document is more user-friendly
Social-Emotional Learning Assessment Measures for Middle School Youth
Developed by the Raikes Foundation, this report identifies research-based tools that measure social and emotional well-being of middle school students. Includes sample questions of the measures.
California Evidence-Based Clearinghouse for Child Welfare
List of assessments used in child welfare–many applicable to school social work.
Ohio Scales – *FREELY ACCESSIBLE*
The Ohio Youth Problems, Functioning and Satisfaction Scales (Ohio scales) are instruments developed to measure outcomes for youth ages 5 to 18 who receive mental health services. To measure outcomes for youth, three parallel forms were developed (Ohio scales) for completion by the youth client, the youth’s parent or primary caretaker and the youth’s agency worker. The domains measured include problem severity, functioning, hopefulness and satisfaction. Key consumer-oriented materials have been translated into other languages, including the outcomes instruments. The translations currently available include Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Russian.
Muhlenberg College Psychology Department
Resources and links to a large number of scales searchable by topic – mostly psychology/research related.
Questionnaire Instrument Compendium (QIC) – *FREELY ACCESSIBLE*
Links to public domain scales and questionnaires – many are psychology/research related.
Single-System Design Analysis (SSD for R) – *FREELY ACCESSIBLE*
Statistical software to evaluate practice. Created by social workers! Has training videos and tips via Twitter.
DSM 5 Online Assessment Measures *FREELY ACCESSIBLE*
For further clinical evaluation and research, the APA is offering a number of “emerging measures” in Section III of DSM-5. These patient assessment measures were developed to be administered at the initial patient interview and to monitor treatment progress, thus serving to advance the use of initial symptomatic status and patient reported outcome (PRO) information, as well as the use of “anchored” severity assessment instruments. Instructions, scoring information, and interpretation guidelines are included.
I’d love to hear what other social workers are using to screen, assess, or evaluate practice. Leave a comment!