Office of Children and Family Services

Strategic Planning and Policy Development

Links to Outcome Measures

Once you define your desired outcomes and identifying a program that can achieve them, the next step is to identify ways to measure the outcomes. This link will lead to some sites that include a variety of methods which may be used to measure outcomes.

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The Compendium of Assessment and Research Tools (CART)
The Compendium of Assessment and Research Tools (CART) is a database that provides information on instruments that measure attributes associated with youth development programs.  CART includes descriptions of research instruments, tools, rubrics, and guides and is intended to assist those who have an interest in studying the effectiveness of service-learning, safe and drug-free schools and communities, and other school-based youth development activities.

Early Childhood Measures Profile (PDF)

Early Childhood Measures Profile prepared by Child Trends includes a variety of methods that may be used to measure outcomes, including: approaches to learning measures, general cognitive measures, language measures, literacy measures, math measures, ongoing observational measures, social emotional measures, and early head start measures.

Environmental Assessments (PDF)

Environmental Assessments measure the family, home and community influences related to youth violence, including disciplinary practices, family communication, family conflict and hostility, family relationships, parent-child relationships, parental attitudes toward antisocial behavior and aggression, parental involvement, parental monitoring and supervision, quality of life, collective efficacy, community involvement, community resources, exposure to violence, fear of crime, neighborhood cohesion, neighborhood disorganization, neighborhood integration and exchange, neighborhood satisfaction, and social control.

The Evaluation Data Coordination Project: Common Constructs and Measures Across Nine ACF Studies and Other Key Data Collection Efforts

The American Institutes for Research (AIR) and Child Trends began this project with the perspective that coordinating data collections across multiple evaluation projects is crucial for making comparisons across evaluations and for facilitating cross-study research after the evaluations have been concluded. This online report provides constructs and measures within four domains: economic well-being, childcare, parenting, and children's socio-emotional development.

The Fast Track Project
The Fast Track project is based on the hypothesis that improving child competencies, parenting effectiveness, school context and school-home communications will, over time, contribute to preventing certain behaviors across the period from early childhood through adolescence.  The Data section offers an extensive amount of information on the data instruments used in the study.

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