Other Participant Evaluation Tools

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External Tools

Here you will find additional tools not developed by My-Peer but that we considered may be of use to peer-based youth programs. All of these are free to use but may have copyright conditions associated with this use. Please refer to individual tools for further details of copyright requirements.

6 & 11 Item Loneliness Scale

De Jong Gierveld  & Van Tilburg (2006)


11-item scale to assess overall, emotional, and social loneliness. A shorter version (6-item) was developed which is equally reliable and valid when used in large surveys.

  • Reference: De Jong Gierveld, J & Van Tilburg, T 2006, ‘A 6-Item scale for overall, emotional, and social loneliness: confirmatory tests on survey data’, Research on Aging, vol. 28, no. 5, pp. 582-9.

The Children’s Hope Scale

Snyder et al. (1997)


A 6-item self-report questionnaire assessing children’s dispositional hope. The measure is based on the premise that children are goal directed and that their goal-related thoughts can be understood according to two components: agency and pathways” (Snyder et al., 1997, p. 400). These two components, agency (ability to initiate and sustain action towards goals) and pathways (capacity to find a means to carry out goals), are assessed by the measure.

  • Reference: Snyder, C.R., Hoza, B., Pelham, W.E., Rapoff, M., Ware, L., Danovsky, M., Highberger, L., Rubinstein, H. & Stahl, K.J. 1997. The Development and Validation of the Children’s Hope Scale. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, Vol. 22, No. 3, pp. 399-421.

The Optimism Scale


Subscale of the Mental Health Measure in the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth (USA)


Optimism is the general expectation that good things will happen. This subscale measures the level of optimism that youth feel about themselves and their future.

The Resilience Scale

Wagnild & Young (1993)


Resilience is the ability to cope with, and respond successfully to various life stressors. This scale measures components of resilience in different domains of young people’s lives, ranging from planning and thinking ahead to level of independence. The items are easy to read, but the scale takes more time to complete due to the number of items.

Life Effectiveness Questionnaire – L.E.Q. – H©

Garry Richards and James Neill (2002)


The LEQ measures typically targeted goals of many psychosocial intervention programs.  The LEQ focuses on measuring the extent to which a person’s actions/behavior/feelings are effective in managing and succeeding at life, or more specifically, generic life skills. Easy to read/complete and provides detailed user guidelines.

ROPELOC – Review of Personal Effectiveness with Locus of Control

Richards, Ellis, & Neill (2002)


The ROPELOC instrument contains 14 scales;  including personal abilities and beliefs (Self-Confidence, Self-Efficacy, Stress Management, Open Thinking), social abilities (Social Effectiveness, Cooperative Teamwork, Leadership Ability), organisational skills (Time Management, Quality Seeking, Coping with Change) an ‘energy’ scale called Active Involvement and a measure of overall effectiveness in all aspects of life. User-friendly, lending itself to quick and easy administration to a wide variety of participants. Measures similar scales to the Life Effectiveness Questionnaire, but also includes Cooperative Teamwork, Locus of Control and a Control Scale.

Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire (SDQ)

Goodman (1997)


Brief behavioural screening questionnaire about 3-16 year olds that asks about psychological attributes. It exists in several versions to meet the needs of researchers, clinicians and educationalists. Impact supplements to obtain staff feedback and follow up questionnaires for use after an intervention are available as well.

  • Reference: Goodman R (1997) The Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire: A Research Note. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 38, 581-586.
  • Website: http://www.sdqinfo.com/b1.html

40 Developmental Assets

Search Institute (2005)


The Developmental Assets are 40 common sense, positive experiences and qualities that help influence choices young people make and help them become caring, responsible adults. The Search Insitute also provides a number of free downloads in form of e-products, e.g. First Steps in Evaluation: Basic Tools for Asset-Building Initiatives.

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