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Instruments, Assessments, Surveys
PerformWell is a collaborative effort initiated by Urban Institute, Child Trends, and Social Solutions. PerformWell provides measurement tools and practical knowledge that human services professionals can use to manage their programs’ day-to-day performance. Information in PerformWell leverages research-based findings that have been synthesized and simplified by experts in the field. By providing information and tools to measure program quality and outcomes, PerformWell helps human services practitioners deliver more effective social programs.
Online Assessments of Instruments
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Assessments.com develops automated assessment solutions for public and private organizations. The Company was formed in 1998 as Allvest Information Services to develop a juvenile justice risk assessment instrument and case management software solution. Our mission is to provide individuals and organizations with best-of-breed tools for administering research-validated assessment instruments over the Internet.
Even if you do not wish to purchase online support, this website offers good reviews and reference sources of instruments that are useful in a variety of milieus. It's worth a visit to find what kinds of instruments are available for Adult Justice, Behavioral Health, Juvenile Justice, Mental Health, School Behavior, and Substance Abuse.
General Social Survey
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The GSS contains a standard 'core' of demographic, behavioral, and attitudinal questions, plus topics of special interest. Many of the core questions have remained unchanged since 1972 to facilitate time-trend studies as well as replication of earlier findings. The GSS takes the pulse of America, and is a unique and valuable resource. It has tracked the opinions of Americans over the last four decades.
You can download data files in either SPSS or STATA. Or, you can customize downloads via NESSTAR to Excel, or a number of other formats. For download options, go here.
Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System
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The Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS) monitors six types of health-risk behaviors that contribute to the leading causes of death and disability among youth and adults, including--
Note: National, state, and local YRBS 2011 results will be released in early summer of 2012.
Click here to get to the download files (SPSS).
Behavior Risk Factor Surveillance System - CDC
The Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) is the world’s largest, on-going telephone health survey system, tracking health conditions and risk behaviors in the United States yearly since 1984. Currently, data are collected monthly in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Guam. The surveys collect information about health risk behaviors, preventive health practices, and health care access for chronic disease and injury.
Data files are available in ASCII and SAS transport formats. SAS can be imported into SPSS. Annual survey data (more than 350,00 adults each year) are available and downloadable from 1984 to 2011 (new releases ongoing).
Healthcare Cost & Utilization Project
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HCUP has developed a free, interactive course, which is available on-line. Once launched, the self-administered course provides an overview of the data, software tools and products of the Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project. The course covers the features, capabilities and potential uses of HCUP resources. Included is information on where and how to access the data and tools, and technical support. The on–line course is modular, so you can either move through the entire course, or access exactly those data resources, tools or products in which you are most interested.
HCUP has both Nationwide and State-Specific databases. These pertain to inpatient trends among adults and kids, as well as emergency departments abd ambulatory surgery. See details here.