Early childhood measurement experts share their thoughts on the importance of culturally relevant measurement to address inequities in the field.


Learn more about developmental screening tools on the IMPACT Measures Tool® for use in Head Start or Early Head Start programs.

Experts in early childhood measurement provide insights on defining and promoting culturally relevant measurement.

Follow these steps to develop a Theory of Impact that will outline the connections between your strategies, targets, and outcomes, and begin to create your social impact.


How to: Use the IMPACT Measures Tool®

Watch this video for a brief walkthrough of the IMPACT Measures Tool®In this video, you will learn about the different features of the website. Search, compare and access measures using our website.  Learn about our scoring system, how to set your preferences, and our other services.

What Is Measurement?

In this video, we will explore the basics of measurement and define our understanding of how measures are used. Learn what measurement is and what it looks like in the field of early childhood development.

Types of Measures

In this video, we’ll explore the types of behavioral measures that are often used in the field of early childhood development. Learn about surveys, direct assessments, observational measures, interviews, and screening tools. We’ll also discuss the definitions, key facts, and specific examples of how different measures can be used in practice.

How to: Choose a Measure

Explore how to choose a measure that best fits your needs. In this video, we follow a preschool teacher’s assessment of two different measures to find the best fit for their context, purpose, and price range. The IMPACT Measures Tool® can help you in your measure selection process.

Theory of Impact

Learn more about an important tool called a Theory of Impact (TOI). A TOI, a type of logic model, can be used in any area of the early childhood field and can help answer complex questions about a program. In this video, we will go over the aspects of a TOI and an example of how a TOI can help organizations make informed decisions to increase their impact.

In the Spotlight: IMPACT Measures Tool®

The IMPACT Measures Tool® was developed to address the diverse needs of early childhood and parenting initiatives. The IMPACT Measures Tool® was featured in the Innovation to Impact Realized video series by the University of Oregon’s Innovation Partnership Services.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)


Administrator: Person who carries out/administers the measure. Not required for all measures.

Cost: Measures that cost less and are easier to access get higher scores.

Cultural Relevance: Measures that are more appropriate or generalizable to different cultural contexts get higher scores.

Direct Assessment: Assessment of a child’s direct skill or performance in a specific area. Not to be used as an indicator for a clinical referral.

Executive Functioning: A set of everyday mental skills that allow us to set and achieve goals, remember instructions, and pay attention to multiple tasks successfully.

Interview: Administrator directly questions respondents (instead of respondents filling out their own responses).

Measure Family: A group of measures with the same core elements but different length, content, age group, or language.

Kindergarten Readiness: While there is no single definition, kindergarten readiness often refers to a set of developmental milestones assessing children’s behavior, skills, and attitudes upon kindergarten entry.

Norms: Norming or norms refers to the process of calculating the means and standard deviations of measure scores for potential comparison with a standard group of respondents.

Observation: Requires an administrator to observe individuals or groups (in person or via video) in order to administer and/or score the measure.

Psychometrics: The study of measurement in behavioral and social sciences by means of statistical calculations and analysis of measurement for accurate and consistent results.

Respondent: Person who completes the measure. Required for all measures.

Screening Tool: Measures intended to detect specific indicators of risk and identify whether further evaluation is needed. Does NOT constitute a clinical diagnosis.

Survey: Set of questions for individuals or groups about characteristics, behaviors, or opinions.

Technical Assistance: A process of providing targeted support to organizations in need. EC PRISM® provides technical assistance consulting to early childhood programs in areas of early childhood program design, implementation, evaluation, and scale.

Technical Merit: Measures with more consistent and accurate results get higher scores.

Usability: Measures that are easier to administer, analyze, and interpret get higher scores.


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