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Resources

Databases

Compendium of Assessment and Research Tools for Measuring Education and Youth Development Outcomes (CART).  
http://cart.rmcdenver.com/index.cgi?screenid=seldomain&autoid=45416
Information on instruments that measure qualities associated with positive youth development outcomes. 

Substance Abuse Screening & Assessment Instruments Database
http://adai.washington.edu/instruments
Searchable database with information on assessment instruments for substance abuse treatment providers.  A project of the University of Washington Alcohol & Drug Abuse Institute Library. 

Program Evaluation

Evaluating the National Outcomes: Program Outcomes for Youth.  
Cooperative State Research, Education, Extension Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the Cooperative Extension Service, University of Arizona. 
http://ag.arizona.edu/fcs/cyfernet/nowg/ythindexintro.html.
Web-based resource focused on the enhancement of social competency and the reduction of risk behaviors among youth.  Information on assessment instruments that can be used in community-based youth programs. 

ImProv Outcomes Toolkit: Measuring What Matters Most in Child  and Youth Services.  2005.  D. Tanner, et al.
Available from New England Network for Child, Youth & Family Services, 156 College St., Suite 301, Burlington VT  05401; (802) 658-9182. Download atwww.nenetwork.org.
Training for outcome evaluation of youth development programs.

Publications

Assessing and Contracting With Youth. 2004.  Griffin, W. and Carter, N.  
Independent Living Resources, Inc., 411 Andrews Road, Suite 230, Durham, N.C. 27705.  (800) 820-0001; www.ilrinc.com.  $37.95
Assessment, contracting, and outcome forms that can be used with youth in independent and transitional living programs.  

Assessing Outcomes in Youth Programs:  A Practical Handbook. 2005. Sabatelli, R., 
et al.  
Available from University of Connecticut, School of Family Studies, 348 Mansfield Road, Unit 2058, Storrs, CT  06269.  (860) 486-4721.  Download athttp://www.opm.state.ct.us/pdpd1/grants/jjac/Handbook2005.pdf .
Guide for planning and implementing program evaluation for youth service professionals.  Includes discussion of positive youth developmental outcomes and instruments for measuring those outcomes. 

Essentials of Outcome Assessment. 2002.  Ogles, B., et al.  
Available from John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Customer Care Center, 10475 Crosspoint Blvd., Indianapolis, IN  46256; (877) 762-2974; http://support.wiley.com.  $34.95
Practical guide for selecting and utilizing outcome assessment measures in mental health settings.

Essentials of Psychological Testing. 2004.  Susana Urbina
Available from Harcourt Assessment, Inc.,19500 Bulverde Road, San Antonio, TX 78259; (800) 211-8378; http://harcourtassessment.com.  $34.95
Basic principles of tests and measurement in accessible format.

Helping the Struggling Adolescent: A Guide to Thirty-Six Common Problems for Counselors, Pastors, and Youth Workers.  2000.  Les Parrott III
Available from Zondervan Publishing House, 5300 Patterson SE 
Grand Rapids, MI  49530; www.zondervan.com. $29.99
Reference for pastors and lay youth workers; conceptual overview of the Christian counseling perspective and brief analysis of thirty-six issues with which adolescent struggle.  Includes 40 rapid assessment tools.

Literature Review of Youth Development/Asset Tools
2002. Basca, B.  EMT Group, Inc.  Available online at 
www.emt.org/userfiles/YouthLit_Final.pdf
Review of assessment tools for measuring youth development outcomes.  Includes publication date, description, relevance to various populations, and strengths and limitations. 

Screening and Assessing Adolescents for Substance Use Disorders - Tip #31.  1999.
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)DHHS.  Copies available free of charge from the national Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information at (800) 729-6686, Publication No. (SMA) 99-3282.  Available online at http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/bv.fcgi?rid=hstat5.chapter.54841
Best practice guidelines for identifying, screening and assessing adolescents who use substances. Descriptions of commonly used instruments; explanation of concepts such reliability and validity. 

What Do Children Need to Flourish?: Conceptualizing and Measuring Indicators of Positive Development.  2005.  Moore, K. and Lippman, L. (Eds)
Available from Springer Publications, Inc., 233 Spring Street, NY 10013; 800-SPRINGER; www.springeronline.com.  $69.99
Examines current understanding of concepts and measures of positive indicators for different aspects of positive youth development.

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