Learn more about early childhood measurement using our resources below. On this page you’ll find educational documents, videos, FAQs, and a glossary to help answer your questions about measurement and how to use the IMPACT Measures Tool®.
Measuring What Matters: Equity Considerations in Early Childhood Measurement Tools
Dr. Tyson Barker, Katie Hammond, and Dr. Aimée Drouin Duncan of EC PRISM® present on equity considerations in early childhood measurement tools at the Nurturing Developing Minds Conference & Research Symposium in February 2022.
Assessing the Available Assessments: IMPACT Measures Tool®
Watch our presentation on assessing the assessments available to Head Start and Early Head Start programs for the National Head Start Association’s What and Why of Child Assessments webinar series.
Theory of Impact
Learn more about an important tool called a Theory of Impact (TOI). A TOI, a type of logic model, can be used in any area of the early childhood field and can help answer complex questions about a program. In this video, we will go over the aspects of a TOI and an example of how a TOI can help organizations make informed decisions to increase their impact.
Types of Measures
In this video, we will explore the types of behavioral measures that are often used in the field of early childhood development. Learn about surveys, direct assessments, observational measures, interviews, and screening tools.
What Is Measurement?
In this video, we will explore the basics of measurement and define our understanding of how measures are used. Learn what measurement is and what it looks like in the field of early childhood development.
How to: Choose a Measure
Explore how to choose a measure that best fits your needs. In this video, we follow a preschool teacher’s assessment of two different measures to find the best fit for their context, purpose, and price range. The IMPACT Measures Tool® can help you in your measure selection process.
How to: Use the IMPACT Measures Tool®
Watch this video for a brief walkthrough of the IMPACT Measures Tool®. In this video, you will learn about the different features of the website. Search, compare and access measures using our website. Learn about our scoring system, how to set your preferences, and our other services.
IMPACT Measures Tool® Virtual Launch Event
Revisit our January 2021 unveiling of the IMPACT Measures Tool®. Learn about the exciting features of our website, and how to harness the tool to meet your unique measurement needs.
IMPACT Measures Tool® Advanced Search and Features
Katie Hammond, Director of Science Communications at EC PRISM®, demonstrates search features through the IMPACT Measures Tool® at the January 2021 virtual launch event.
Scoring Breakout: Usability & Cost
At our January 2021 virtual launch event, Dr. Carly Champagne and Camille Sullivan describe the cost and usability categories of the IMPACT Measures Tool®.
Scoring Breakout: Technical Merit & Cultural Relevance
Dr. Sonny Mattek and Joanna Wright explain the Technical Merit and Cultural Relevance scoring categories at our virtual launch event for the IMPACT Measures Tool® in January 2021.
Equitable, Ethical, and Effective Use of Measurement and Early Childhood Research
Professor and keynote speaker Dr. Brenda Jones Harden illustrates equitable, ethical, and effective use of measurement and early childhood research in IMPACT’s November 2020 virtual learning event, “Measurement in Early Childhood: Building Pathways to Empowerment & Continuous Improvement.”
Rethinking Measurement in Early Childhood: What Matters
Portia Kennel, Senior Advisor at the Buffett Early Childhood Fund, discusses priorities for early childhood measurement in a keynote speech of IMPACT’s virtual learning event, “Measurement in Early Childhood: Building Pathways to Empowerment & Continuous Improvement” in November 2020.
Panel Discussion: Perspectives on Measurement in Early Childhood
In this panel discussion moderated by Dr. Joan Lombardi for our virtual learning event in November 2020, panelists Jason Gortney, Dr. Stephanie De Anda, Dr. Iheoma Iruka, and Dr. Philip Fisher share perspectives on measurement in early childhood.
In the Spotlight: IMPACT Measures Tool®
The IMPACT Measures Tool® was developed to address the diverse needs of early childhood and parenting initiatives. The IMPACT Measures Tool® was featured in the Innovation to Impact Realized video series by the University of Oregon’s Innovation Partnership Services.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
The search feature can help you find the measures available in our online database. You can enter any measure name, keyword, or search query on the search bar, and the results will be sorted according to your preferences. Learn more about the search feature.
Finding the right measure for your needs is complex. The compare feature allows you to get a quick snapshot of the similarities and differences between two or three measures.
You can easily compare measures from the search results by selecting the ‘Compare’ button for each individual measure. You will be directed to a new page that shows you the most relevant details of each measure, side by side for easy comparison.
The scoring diamond is a visual representation of how well a measure scores in each of the four key categories: cost, usability, cultural relevance, and technical merit.
You can find information on how to access a measure on the individual measure’s detailed page. For most readily available free measures, you can easily download a copy of the complete measure from our website. For other measures (such as at-cost measures), you will be directed to the publisher or authors’ website for further information on accessing the measure.
The IMPACT Measures Tool® is designed to be accessible to individuals and organizations working in the early childhood ecosystem. This includes community-based organizations, academic institutions, healthcare systems, philanthropic and policy-based organizations, child care systems, and more.
I am not affiliated with an early childhood organization. Can I still access the IMPACT Measures Tool®?
Yes! It is important to us that we provide this tool as an open-access resource for the public. Anyone interested in learning more about measurement and evaluation of early childhood development and parenting is encouraged to use the IMPACT Measures Tool®.
Our goal is to educate and empower our users on measurement and evaluation in the field of early childhood.
We provide educational content on different measure types, administering a measure, psychometric properties of a measure, and different domains of early childhood development.
Our website also allows you to create an account and connect with a community dedicated to early childhood and parenting measures. You can also get in touch with our team by emailing us or reaching out over social media. You can also fill out an application for a free consultation call to discuss how we can further support your organization.
The IMPACT Measures Tool® is not a publisher or distributor of the measures listed on this site. IMPACT provides review of and basic information about available measures and provides a link (via the “Access Measure” button) directly to the publisher or developer for measure access and further information.
Administrator: Person who carries out/administers the measure. Not required for all measures.
Cost: Measures that cost less and are easier to access get higher scores.
Cultural Relevance: Measures that are more appropriate or generalizable to different cultural contexts get higher scores.
Direct Assessment: Assessment of a child’s direct skill or performance in a specific area. Not to be used as an indicator for a clinical referral.
Executive Functioning: A set of everyday mental skills that allow us to set and achieve goals, remember instructions, and pay attention to multiple tasks successfully.
Interview: Administrator directly questions respondents (instead of respondents filling out their own responses).
Measure Family: A group of measures with the same core elements but different length, content, age group, or language.
Kindergarten Readiness: While there is no single definition, kindergarten readiness often refers to a set of developmental milestones assessing children’s behavior, skills, and attitudes upon kindergarten entry.
Norms: Norming or norms refers to the process of calculating the means and standard deviations of measure scores for potential comparison with a standard group of respondents.
Observation: Requires an administrator to observe individuals or groups (in person or via video) in order to administer and/or score the measure.
Psychometrics: The study of measurement in behavioral and social sciences by means of statistical calculations and analysis of measurement for accurate and consistent results.
Respondent: Person who completes the measure. Required for all measures.
Screening Tool: Measures intended to detect specific indicators of risk and identify whether further evaluation is needed. Does NOT constitute a clinical diagnosis.
Survey: Set of questions for individuals or groups about characteristics, behaviors, or opinions.
Technical Assistance: A process of providing targeted support to organizations in need. EC PRISM® provides technical assistance consulting to early childhood programs in areas of early childhood program design, implementation, evaluation, and scale.
Technical Merit: Measures with more consistent and accurate results get higher scores.
Usability: Measures that are easier to administer, analyze, and interpret get higher scores.
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