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Outcome indicators for mentoring and befriending projects

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Capturing aspects of mentoring and befriending - usually self-reported measures like anxiety.

The Children's Happiness Scale

Description

Scale for measuring children’s happiness at a given time

Catalogue section

Mental health and well-being

What does it measure?

Happiness

Who is it suitable for use with?

Developed for children, but suitable for everyone

Applicable to beneficiary/mentee or volunteer/mentor?

Beneficiary/mentee

How long is it?

20 items

Cost

Free

Validation quality

Medium

Link to full set of measures

Children's Happiness Scale, p. 13

Cantril's Ladder

Description

A way of quantifying life satisfaction

Catalogue section

Mental health and well-being

What does it measure?

Subjective well-being

Who is it suitable for use with?

All

Applicable to beneficiary/mentee or volunteer/mentor?

Both

How long is it?

A single 10 point scale

Cost

Free

Validation quality

Medium

Link to full set of measures

See, for example, how Gallup use it: Cantril's Ladder

The General Self Efficacy Scale

Description

A way to assess a general sense of perceived self-efficacy with the aim to predict coping with daily challenges

Catalogue section

Mental health and well-being

What does it measure?

Self efficacy (belief in ability to complete tasks and goals)

Who is it suitable for use with?

Adults and young people (12 +)

Applicable to beneficiary/mentee or volunteer/mentor?

Both

How long is it?

Ten items

Cost

Free

Validation quality

High

Link to full set of measures

General Self Efficacy Scale guide and measures

Grit scale

Description

Measuring the tendency to sustain interest in and effort towards long-term goals

Catalogue section

Mental health and well-being

What does it measure?

Grit and self control

Who is it suitable for use with?

Young people and adults

Applicable to beneficiary/mentee or volunteer/mentor?

Both

How long is it?

Two versions, one with 8 items, one with 12 items

Cost

Free

Validation quality

Low - not validated for pre and post change in individuals

Link to full set of measures

Grit scale - Background and measures

 

New Philanthropy Capital well-being measure

Description

A measure of how children feel

Catalogue section

Mental health and well-being

What does it measure?

Well being

Who is it suitable for use with?

Young people and children  (11 - 16)

Applicable to beneficiary/mentee or volunteer/mentor?

Beneficiary/mentee

How long is it?

Determined by user, drawing on eight aspects of well-being

Cost

Free trial

Validation quality

High

Link to full set of measures

Guide to using the NPC well-being measure

Measuring National Well-being (Office for National Statistics)

Description

Capturing reported personal well-being

Catalogue section

Mental health and well-being

What does it measure?

Well-being

Who is it suitable for use with?

Adults

Applicable to beneficiary/mentee or volunteer/mentor?

Both

How long is it?

43 items

Cost

Free

Validation quality

High

Link to full set of measures

Measuring National Well-being measures and latest figures

Outcomes Star

Description

A suite of tools for supporting and measuring change when working with people

Catalogue section

Cross-category

What does it measure?

Change in a client group

Who is it suitable for use with?

All

Applicable to beneficiary/mentee or volunteer/mentor?

Both

How long is it?

6, 7 or 8 items

Cost

Costs £170 plus

Validation quality

High

Link to full set of measures

Background to the Outcomes Star 

Pearlin Mastery Scale

Description

Measures self-concept and the extent to which individuals perceive themselves in control of forces that significantly impact on their lives

Catalogue section

Mental health and well-being

What does it measure?

Control

Who is it suitable for use with?

Young people

Applicable to beneficiary/mentee or volunteer/mentor?

Beneficiary/mentee

How long is it?

7 items

Cost

Free

Validation quality

Unclear

Link to full set of measures

Pearlin Mastery Scale questions

Flourishing scale/index

Description

Measuring well-being, referred to as flourishing

Catalogue section

Mental health and well-being AND Relationships, connections and community

What does it measure?

Flourishing/well-being

Who is it suitable for use with?

All

Applicable to beneficiary/mentee or volunteer/mentor?

Both

How long is it?

8 or 10 items

Cost

Free with credit to authors

Validation quality

Unclear

Link to full set of measures

See Flourishing Scale or Flourishing Index p. 252

Inclusion Web

Description

Recording someone’s roles and relationships

Catalogue section

Relationships, connections, communities

What does it measure?

Inclusion

Who is it suitable for use with?

All

Applicable to beneficiary/mentee or volunteer/mentor?

Beneficiary/mentee

How long is it?

Varies person to person, but there are 9 domains explored

Cost

Paid - £32 (inclusion web resource pack)

Validation quality

Low

Link to full set of measures

Using the Inclusion Web

Journey to employment framework (JET)

Description

Looks to help charities think through how their work contributes to young people’s employability, and plan approaches to evaluation

Catalogue section

Skills, employment, training, education

What does it measure?

Employability

Who is it suitable for use with?

Young people

Applicable to beneficiary/mentee or volunteer/mentor?

Beneficiary/mentee

How long is it?

Outcomes in nine areas. They also link to other relevant frameworks/measures

Cost

Free

Validation quality

Unclear

Link to full set of measures

THE JOURNEY TO EMPLOYMENT (JET) FRAMEWORK pages 19-21.

Achenbach System of Empirically Based Assessment (ASEBA)

Description

Provides professionals with user-friendly tools to measure child and adolescent  behaviour

Catalogue section

Mental health and well-being

What does it measure?

Behaviour

Who is it suitable for use with?

All ages but particularly used with youth people

Applicable to beneficiary/mentee or volunteer/mentor?

Beneficiary/mentee

How long is it?

58 items in five subscales

Cost

Varies. UK distributor is Aston University, packages start from £160

Validation quality

High

Link to full set of measures

Background to ASEBA scale and English distributor

Beck Youth Inventories™

Description

A way to assess symptoms of mental health and behaviour in young people

Catalogue section

Mental health and well-being

What does it measure?

Symptoms of depression, anxiety, anger, disruptive behaviour and self-concept

Who is it suitable for use with?

7 to 18 year olds

Applicable to beneficiary/mentee or volunteer/mentor?

Beneficiary/mentee

How long is it?

20 items

Cost

£231.60 for the complete kit

Validation quality

High

Link to full set of measures

See Beck Youth Inventories™ - Second Edition For Children and Adolescents (BYI-II)  

Behavior Assessment System for Children

Description

A way to identify and managing behavioural and emotional strengths and weaknesses.

Catalogue section

Mental health and well-being

What does it measure?

Behaviour and emotions

Who is it suitable for use with?

Various versions suitable for ages 2-21

Applicable to beneficiary/mentee or volunteer/mentor?

Beneficiary/mentee

How long is it?

100-160 items

Cost

Kits start from £146.50

Validation quality

High

Link to full set of measures

See Behavior Assessment System for Children, Second Edition (BASC-2)

Behavioral and Emotional Rating Scale–2nd Ed. (BERS-2)

Description

Measures the personal strengths and competencies of children from three perspectives: self, parent, and teacher

Catalogue section

Mental health and well-being AND Skills, employment, training, education

What does it measure?

A child’s interpersonal strengths, functioning in and at school, affective strength, intrapersonal strength, family involvement, and career strength

Who is it suitable for use with?

Young people 5-18

Applicable to beneficiary/mentee or volunteer/mentor?

Beneficiary/mentee

How long is it?

25 items

Cost

Introductory kit $198

Validation quality

High

Link to full set of measures

Background to Behavioral and Emotional Rating Scale

Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths (CANS)

Description

A multi-purpose tool developed for children’s services to support decision making, including level of care and service planning.

Catalogue section

Mental health and well-being

What does it measure?

Children’s development

Who is it suitable for use with?

Children 0-5 and 6-20

Applicable to beneficiary/mentee or volunteer/mentor?

Beneficiary/mentee

How long is it?

88 items

Cost

Free

Validation quality

High

Link to full set of measures

CANS overviewCANS (for 0-5 year olds); CANS 5 plus

Developmental Indicators for the Assessment of Learning

Description

Global screener for assessing large groups of children quickly and efficiently.

Catalogue section

Mental health and well-being

What does it measure?

Development

Who is it suitable for use with?

Children 0-3 and 3 to 7.

Applicable to beneficiary/mentee or volunteer/mentor?

Beneficiary/mentee

How long is it?

111 items in five domains

Cost

Kits from $672

Validation quality

High

Link to full set of measures

DIAL Overview

Mental Toughness Questionnaire 48 (MTQ48)

Description

A psychometric tool measuring Mental Toughness.

Catalogue section

Mental health and well-being

What does it measure?

Character, resilience and grit

Who is it suitable for use with?

Everyone

Applicable to beneficiary/mentee or volunteer/mentor?

Beneficiary/mentee

How long is it?

48 items

Cost

From £30 per unit (excluding VAT)

Validation quality

High

Link to full set of measures

MTQ48 Background and guide

The Children's Society Wellbeing Tool

Description

Explores how children in the UK feel about their lives

Catalogue section

Mental health and well-being

What does it measure?

Well-being

Who is it suitable for use with?

8-16 year olds

Applicable to beneficiary/mentee or volunteer/mentor?

Beneficiary/mentee

How long is it?

Ten domains, not clear how many items

Cost

Report is free

Validation quality

High

Link to full set of measures

Summary of latest results in The Good Childhood Report 2016

The Warwick-Edinburgh Mental Wellbeing Scale (WEMWBS)

Description

Monitors mental wellbeing in the general population and the evaluation of projects, programmes and policies which aim to improve mental wellbeing

Catalogue section

Mental health and well-being

What does it measure?

Mental well-being

Who is it suitable for use with?

Everyone

Applicable to beneficiary/mentee or volunteer/mentor?

Beneficiary/mentee

How long is it?

7 or 14 items in five categories

Cost

Free

Validation quality

High

Link to full set of measures

Overview of WEMWBS and measures

The True Resilience Scale

Description

Measures resilience in individuals

Catalogue section

Mental health and well-being

What does it measure?

Resilience, including mental health

Who is it suitable for use with?

8 onwards

Applicable to beneficiary/mentee or volunteer/mentor?

Beneficiary/mentee

How long is it?

25 items, with a 10 item scale for the under 13

Cost

$150 for a licence

Validation quality

High

Link to full set of measures

Overview of the True Resilience Scale

Rosenberg's Self-Esteem Scale

Description

A way to measure self-esteem

Catalogue section

Mental health and well-being

What does it measure?

Self-esteem

Who is it suitable for use with?

Designed for children young people but suitable for all

Applicable to beneficiary/mentee or volunteer/mentor?

Beneficiary/mentee

How long is it?

100 items

Cost

Free

Validation quality

High

Link to full set of measures

Rosenberg's Self-Esteem Scale

Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire (SDQ)

Description

A behaviour screening questionnaire

Catalogue section

Mental health and well-being

What does it measure?

Behaviour, relations and well-being

Who is it suitable for use with?

3-16 year olds

Applicable to beneficiary/mentee or volunteer/mentor?

Beneficiary/mentee

How long is it?

25 items divided in to five scales

Cost

Free

Validation quality

High

Link to full set of measures

Background to SDQ; List of SDQ measures

 

VIA Survey of Character Strengths

Description

A self-assessment to help people understand their core characteristics, focusing on the positive

Catalogue section

Mental health and well-being

What does it measure?

Character traits

Who is it suitable for use with?

Aimed at children and young people

Applicable to beneficiary/mentee or volunteer/mentor?

beneficiary/mentee

How long is it?

240 items

Cost

Free, but more enhanced analysis available for a fee

Validation quality

High

Link to full set of measures

http://www.viacharacter.org/www/Character-Strengths-Survey

Volunteering Impact Assessment Toolkit

Description

A practical guide for assessing the difference that volunteering makes [Note: This is produced by the administrators of this website].

Catalogue section

Relationships, connections and community

What does it measure?

Impact of volunteers

Who is it suitable for use with?

People in a volunteer role

Applicable to beneficiary/mentee or volunteer/mentor?

Volunteer/mentor

How long is it?

20 items in the volunteers’ core questions

Cost

£60

Validation quality

High

Link to full set of measures

Background to the VIAT

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