Tools & Instruments
Developing Free Youth Development Programs
Sport-based youth development programs often rely on very small budgets that do not always allow for costly evaluation tools. Due to this, many programs are unable to afford quality program evaluations that are necessary to show youth outcomes. The LiFEsports Initiative currently works with faculty to develop program evaluation tools that are free-of-charge to youth development programs.
The LiFEsports Survey Tools includes eight brief survey scales because we know that program success depends on more than just the sports skill that youth learn. Children and youth are asked about a variety of social skills related to social competence and youth development. Through the research at LiFEsports Summer Camp in Columbus, Ohio, we have tested these tools to make sure they are reliable and valid.
The list below shows each survey scale. Click on the name of each scale to access the corresponding technical report.
Perceived Self-Control Scale
The perceived self-control scale was developed for use in a sport-based positive youth development program to assess youths’ perceptions of their ability to control and manage their reactions and emotions.
Perceived Effort Scale
The perceived effort scale was developed to assess youths’ perceptions of exerting effort and trying hard across various situations.
Teamwork Scale for Youth
The teamwork scale for youth was designed to measure youths’ ability to collaborate and work together to achieve a common goal in the group/team context.
Perceived Social Responsibility Scale
The perceived social responsibility scale was developed to assess youths’ perceptions of their commitment to others and their community.
Perceived Social Competence Scale II
The perceived social competence scale II was developed for use in a sport-based positive youth development program to measure the degree to which youth engage in prosocial behaviors.
Social Sports Experience Scale
The social sports experience scale was developed to assess youths’ perceptions of acting respectfully, responsibly, fairly, and cooperatively with others in sports activities.
The belonging scale was developed for use in youth development programs to assess youths’ perception of their sense of belonging to a program.
Designed By CAYCI
The Ohio Quality Assessment Rubric
The Ohio Quality Assessment Rubric is a series of instruments designed by CAYCI to assess the perceptions of quality in afterschool settings among various stakeholders. O-QAR is comprised of four tools which have been developed by leaders in the CAYCI department of the College of Social Work at OSU since 2014.
While these tools are available for use in the public domain, we ask that you cite the scale appropriately (citation below). Please let us know how you are using the O-QAR!
Anderson-Butcher, D., Iachini, A., Wade-Mdivanian, R., Gezinski, L., & Gibson, A. (2013). The Ohio Quality Assessment Rubric Guide. Columbus, OH: College of Social Work, Ohio State University.