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Strengthening Families - New Assessment Tool & Survey

December 17, 2013 1:41 PM | Anonymous


The Center for the Study of Social Policy (CSSP) is developing a new assessment tool to measure parents’ perceptions of their strengths and is looking for individuals to help test the technical adequacy and usefulness of the instrument. 

Information provided by this new tool can be used in designing, implementing and monitoring effective service plans, as well as in evaluating the effectiveness of programs that aim to support parents in building their protective factors.

In order to field test this new instrument, CSSP needs help in recruiting a minimum of 2,000 parents and other primary caregivers of young children. We need volunteers:

  • Who have at least one child birth to 8 years old
  • Who are fathers, mothers or other primary caregivers
  • From all age groups(teen parents to grandparents who are primary caregivers)
  • From all racial and ethnic/cultural groups
  • From all economic groups
  • From all regions of the country

Although CSSP cannot offer compensation for completing the survey, volunteers will play a very important part in the development of a new instrument that assesses parents’ perceptions of their strengths, unlike many other instruments that focus on parents’ problems and what they may be doing wrong.




The survey takes roughly 20 minutes and can be accessed by clicking on or copying and pasting the following link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/VSLWS7R

Submissions must be completed by January 5, 2014.

All information and survey answers are anonymous and will be used for research purposes only.

Please distribute this message to individuals in your networks and ask them to encourage parents to complete the survey. Also, if you or members of your network meet the eligibility criteria or have family members who do, please complete the survey as well.

Charlyn Harper Browne, PhD

Senior Associate and QIC-EC Project Director
Center for the Study of Social Policy
1575 Eye Street, NW, Suite 500 
Washington, D.C. 20005 
404-456-9624 phone | 770-210-1599 fax



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