Youth Measures Inventory

An inventory of youth-friendly and open access measures
to evaluate youth programs

When conducting a program evaluation, we often collect data directly from youth participants and other stakeholders in the form of questionnaires.

These questionnaires are carefully developed to ensure they accurately reflect how people feel about specific outcomes of interest – without taking up too much of their time and energy! Within this inventory, you will find examples of measures that have been developed by researchers and practitioners that fit into the seven themes from the Stepping Up Framework, as well as other measures that can be used to help guide your process evaluation.
Lastly, we have added in some qualitative tools that can be used to gather in-depth and rich information from participants. These sample tools can serve to inspire your own discussion and thinking about how your youth work might measure its success.

What kinds of measures can I find in this inventory?

1) Process Evaluation Measures provide you with quantitative tools to help determine whether activities within your program have been implemented as planned.

2) Outcome Evaluation Measures provide you with quantitative tools to assess a program’s effectiveness at achieving its intended outcomes.

3) Qualitative Tools allow you to better understand ‘how’ and ‘why’ things are happening or not happening in your program. Such tools are ideal when trying to achieve an in-depth understanding of human behaviour.

a) Interview Guides provide you with a series of sample questions that you can use to help  direct the conversation toward the topics and issues you want to learn about (e.g., processes, outcomes). These guides can be used with various stakeholders within your program (e.g., youth, staff, parents).

b) Arts-based Tools provide you with art-based activities that can be used as a primary way of understanding and examining the experience of youth or other stakeholders within a given program.

What criteria did YouthREX pay attention to when selecting measures?

Youth-Friendliness

Youth-Friendliness
We selected measures that are appropriate for our target population— youth who are between 15 to 24 years old. These measures are also short and don’t take too long to complete by youth.

Open-Access

Open-Access
We prioritized measures that are open-access, free to the public, and easy to use without requiring training. However, we have included some measures that require permission or are available at a cost because they are useful within the youth evaluation sector.

How do I know if a measure makes sense to use for my youth program?

Each measure is accompanied by an easy to read cover sheet. These cover sheets provide helpful details such as the overview, subscales, and target audience, in addition to information about the length of the measure and whether it is reliable and/or valid.