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Instrument Collections

The sites and resources listed below were recommended by members as compilations (broadly defined) of information about tools and instruments of use to evaluators. Please recommend additions or changes to info@eval.org.


Site: Advocacy Capacity Tool
Sponsor: BolderAdvocacy
Scope: Provides measures and numerical results for assessing the advocacy capacity of an organization
Organization: Alliance for Justice
Cost: Free
Link: http://bolderadvocacy.org/tools-for-effective-advocacy/advocacy-capacity-tool; http://www.bolderadvocacy.org/act

 


Site: Better Evaluation
Sponsor: The Better Evaluation international collaboration 
Scope: Two dozen and counting integrated sets of options used to do some or all of the tasks involved in evaluation
Organization: Better Evaluation
Cost: Free 
Linkhttp://betterevaluation.org/approaches 


Site: Bibliography on Evaluating Web Information: Sample Evaluation Forms
Sponsor: Virginia Tech University Libraries
Scope: Links to 11 forms used for evaluation of web content credibility and reliability.
Organization: Strictly a list of forms with authors and URLs.
Cost: Free to view listings, links to free instruments
Link: http://www.lib.vt.edu/help/instruct/evaluate/evalbiblio.html#forms


Site: Buros Mental Measurement Yearbook Online
Sponsor: Buros Institute of Mental Measurements
Scope: Brief annotations of over 2500 mental measurement tests available via a searchable database. Full detailed reviews, available for purchase include instrument descriptions (including purpose, audience, and content details), publication information, and validity and reliability evidence.
Organization: Online database searchable by keyword or browsable alphabetically or by category.
Cost: Free to view limited reviews, $15 per detailed review, instrument costs vary
Link: http://buros.unl.edu/buros/jsp/search.jsp


Site: Early Childhood Measures Profiles (pdf)
Sponsor: Child Trends
Scope: Detailed, extensive annotations related to 48 instruments used for measurement in early childhood.
Organization: Downloadable PDF examines instrument in detail within broader chapter groupings
Cost: Free to view annotated listings, instrument costs vary
Link: http://aspe.hhs.gov/hsp/ECMeasures04/report.pdf


Site: Evaluation Forms and Modules
Sponsor: The Measurement Group
Scope: A range of example instruments developed by The Measurement Group for use in evaluations that they have performed primarily in different areas of health. Annotation varies from listing to listing.
Organization: Organized by instruments developed for specific programs
Cost: Free to view annotated listings, free to access instruments
Link: http://www.tmg-web.com/hivaids/programs/metrodc/metrodc~M.htm


Site: Evaluation Instrument Bank
Sponsor: European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction
Scope: 170 evaluation instruments in the treatment field and 70 in the prevention field. Some instruments available in multiple languages.
Organization: Searchable by keywords, full text, or categories. Range of information about each instrument varies widely.
Cost: Free to view listings and access instruments.
Link: http://eib.emcdda.europa.eu/


Site: FRIENDS Compendium of Annotated Measurement Tools
Sponsor: National Resource Center for Community-Based Child Abuse Prevention
Scope: Detailed annotations ranging from cost and administration to appropriate audience, context, and psychometric properties, to guide instrument selection, for over 60 instruments used for measuring outcomes in prevention programs. Instruments are not provided on the site.
Organization: Each instrument profiled on separate page with standardized layout
Cost: Free to view annotated listings, instrument costs vary
Link: http://www.friendsnrc.org/outcome/toolkit/annot.htm


Site: Handbook of Data Collection Tools: Companion to "A Guide to Measuring Advocacy and Policy"
Sponsor: Annie E Casey Foundation/Organizational Research Services
Scope: The handbook is at once a guide describing types of and reasons for data collection, and a collection of tools. Includes approximately twenty tools to measure advocacy and policy change.
Organization: PDF document providing information on resources in linear order.
Cost: Free pdf of handbook
Link: http://www.organizationalresearch.com/publications/
a_handbook_of_data_collection_tools.pdf


Site: Head Start Family and Child Experiences Survey (FACES)
Sponsor: Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation
Scope: List of instruments used to assess early childhood programs funded under the Head Start program
Organization: Each Measure Includes - Background Information (measure/source, purpose of measure, population measure developed with, key constructs of the measure, norming of measure), Administration of Measure (respondent, administration, setting), and Functioning of Measure (reliability, validity, environment, concerns, comments & recommendations).
Cost: Free to view annotated listings, some instruments are proprietary and require fee to use.
Link: http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/opre/hs/faces/index.html#instru


Site: Instrument Wizard
Sponsor: The ISA Group
Scope: Searchable database of screening, diagnostic, research, evaluation, and needs assessment instruments to measure substance use and related topics. Includes psychometrics and scoring information and how to contact the developer or copyright holder.
Organization: Highly searchable including target audience, specific substance of abuse, instrument purpose, and other related topics. Instruments are available for download as part of membership
Cost: Requires $15/monthly or $100/annual membership
Link: http://www.instrumentwizard.com/login.asp


Site: Learning2BGreat.com
Sponsor: Learning to be Great, LLC
Scope: L2BG's mission is to improve organizational performance by distributing high-quality, low-cost, practical organization improvement tools, including evaluation tools. AEA members may join L2BG and then sell their downloadable products from the site; users may purchase these tools when and where they need them. A portion of L2BG’s profit each year will be donated to a deserving nonprofit organization.
Organization: All tools are organized into 12 categories: each is labeled an assessment instrument, a model, or a solution (method for solving a problem or performing a task) and each has a primary focus on individuals, teams, whole organizations, or communities. The collection of materials is searchable by these terms and by author’s name.
Cost: Annual membership, which includes the right to sell six products per year and a personal Web page, is $99. Authors set the price of their products and receive 70% of the price of each product sold.
Link: http://www.learning2bgreat.com


Site: Medical Algorithms
Sponsor: Institute of Algorithmic Medicine
Scope: More than 11,000 scales, tools, assessments, scoring systems, and other Algorithms useful in medicine and biomedical research
Organization: Searchable database of useful healthcare algorithms including documentation, references, and instrumentation.
Cost: Free searchable database but user must first create an account with a password.
Link: http://www.medal.org/visitor/login.aspx


Site: National Survey Indicators Database
Sponsor: Annie E Casey Foundation
Scope: Database of more than 400 family and community survey questions, measures, and instruments items, searchable by instrument name, variable/domain, source, and validity/reliability. Based on a Chapin Hall Center for Children review of 44 survey instruments used in family strengthening and community initiative studies between 1977 and 2001.
Organization: Organized into eight major domain areas including social networks, formal helping systems, economic opportunity, neighborhood assets, family functioning, child well-being, advocacy and collective action, and demographics. Each indicator has extensive information including wording, context, and references. Fully free-text searchable.
Cost: Free to view listings.
Link: http://tarc.aecf.org/initiatives/mc/mcid/index.php


Site: Online Evaluation Resource Library (OERL) Instrument Collection
Sponsor: National Science Foundation
Scope: Brief annotations of over 150 instruments, selected using criteria based on the Program Evaluation Standards, used in NSF Educational and Human Resources evaluation projects.
Organization: Instruments are divided into major topical areas and then into a grid to identify those covering subtopics with each actual instrument having a short annotation followed by the instrument itself.
Cost: Free to view annotated listings, free to access instruments
Link: http://oerl.sri.com/instruments/instruments.html


Site: Tests and Measures in the Social Sciences
Sponsor: University of Texas Arlington Libraries
Scope: A list of 123 reference volumes with links to 11,450 social science instruments.
Organization: Drill down by topic area and then extensive lists of instruments within topic or searchable with open text searching across the instrument listings. Users are instructed to check their local (university) library for the source volume.
Cost: Free to view listings, must then access book through library or purchase and access instrument. Instrument costs vary.
Linkhttp://libraries.uta.edu/TMdb/