The purpose of having assessment ratings is to evaluate each screening and assessment tool for child welfare based on the available research evidence. The topic expert assisted with identifying assessments that met the following criteria:
- The assessment measure has a manual and/or training available that describes how to administer it and score it.
- The assessment is likely to be used in the child welfare field or with children and caretakers in the child welfare system.
The research evidence was then reviewed for each assessment and a rating was provided. Please note that all ratings are based on the English version of the measure unless otherwise noted in the assessment's description. The ratings are listed below.
A - Reliability and Validity Demonstrated
- 2 or more published, peer-reviewed studies have demonstrated that the measure is reliable and valid.
B - Reliability and/or Validity Level Above Face Validity Demonstrated
- 1 published, peer-reviewed study demonstrates that the measure is reliable and/or valid beyond the level of face validity.
C - Does Not Reach Acceptable Levels of Reliability and/or Validity
- A preponderance of published, peer-reviewed studies have shown that the measure does not reach acceptable levels of reliability and/or validity
NR - Not Able to Be Rated
- Adequate published peer-reviewed studies demonstrating reliability and/or validity are not yet available for this measure.