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Evaluations have a lot of elements, like logic models, frameworks, indicators, measures, instruments, planning worksheets and so on. SIS focuses on measures and instruments, but we provide other tools as well.  

Measures

A measure is a way to define data that captures relevant information. For example, one measure of ‘Age’ is the difference between someone’s date of birth and the current date. Another ‘Age’ measure is the question, “What is your age?” with an open text box. Some measures provide you with your indicators. For example, ‘Proportion of clients who get a full-time job within 6 months of finishing training‘ is an indicator that could be based on a measure like ‘Do you have a full-time job right now?’

There are many different measures for the same concept, and some measures are better than others. We scan through research literature and indicator registries to identify good measures for SIS, and we will add new measures on request. Some concepts, like race and gender, are controversial and difficult to measure in a way that is both accurate and culturally appropriate. In those cases, we try to provide a few options.

The full description of a measure will include the question(s), answer options, rationale and limitations, research references, and a brief summary of how the measure is scored and reported. Each measure will be associated with a data visualization so you can see what a basic report will look like. 

Instruments

An instrument is a tool for collecting data, like a survey that asks the question, ‘Do you have a full-time job right now?‘. Most SIS instruments are surveys or interview forms, but we will also be including Excel spreadsheets, SharePoint lists and KoNote templates. An instrument includes one or more measures. For example, our Team Effectiveness Survey includes a consent question,  plus the Team Effectiveness Measure (11 questions), plus a demographic measure (gender – 1 question).  An instrument can include many measures, but in practice you should restrict your surveys to about 10 questions to reduce the burden on respondents. 

The conceptual framework of SIS is based on Sustainable Development Goals and the new International Classification of Health Interventions, currently in beta at the World Health Organization.  

All the instruments and measures so far...

Many of the following items are measures that we recommend, but haven’t yet turned into working data collection tools.  We will create instruments and add more measures as agencies request them. To find instruments that can be used right away, go to Instruments

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One question that asks, "In which country were you born?". Answer is short text box.

10 questions that ask about equity in service delivery, as a self-assessment tool for organizations providing heath care services.

One question, "How would you describe yourself?" with answer options White, South Asian (e.g., East Indian, Pakistani, Sri Lankan, etc.), Chinese, Black, Filipino, Latin American, Arab, Southeast Asian (e.g., Vietnamese, Cambodian, Malaysian, Laotian, etc.), West Asian (e.g., Iranian, Afghan, etc.), Korean, Japanese and Other. The options are used in national surveys by Statistics Canada.

The evaluation plan workbook is designed to help small programs create a basic evaluation plan. It's free to use for as many projects as you like.

One question ("What is your gender?") with 4 options: Female, Male, Gender diverse, and 'Prefer not to say'.

This interview protocol is designed to be used by staff or volunteers with clients and program participants. It can be done individually or in a group, on the phone or face-to-face. It can be translated into any language on the fly by the interviewer, so it doesn’t require respondents to use English or to read […]

One question asking "What languages do you speak?" Options are English, French, Other

One question, "Using a scale of 0 to 10 where 0 means "Very dissatisfied" and 10 means "Very satisfied", how do you feel about your life as a whole right now?"

11 questions covering the 8 behaviours of effective managers, rated on 5 point scale from Strongly disagree to Strongly agree. Example: "My manager regularly shares relevant information from his/her manager and senior leaders."

Use this workbook to create a simple Program Logic Model for any of your programs. You can use the PDF summary in your funding proposals. Feel free to share this with colleagues - it's free to use.

17 question 'outcome survey' designed for adults receiving a wide range of social services. You can hide questions that are not relevant to your programs.

This group of 19 questions is used for screening for social and behavioural risks for health. It consists of several brief measures combined together in one panel, including general health, alcohol use, exercise, food security, income and education. The questions are rated according to different scales - see this online form for details.

Quick suggestion poll (3 questions) that asks for one open-ended suggestion, a priority rating (Very important, Important, Not very important), and a category.

This tool is intended for teams to take and discuss the results with each other, leading to a better understanding of their own team dynamics and identifying ways to improve.  A sample question: "When team members say they’ll get something done, they do." There are five scales which show the behaviours of effective teams: Psychological safety, Team dependability, Structure and clarity, Meaning, and Impact.

Survey for staff and volunteers based on the Team Effectiveness measure. Includes open-ended suggestions.