A growing body of literature in economics and psychology recognizes the importance of socioemotional skills for long-term success in life. Yet policymakers face a deep knowledge gap when determining which skills should be prioritized and which programs are effective. The IDB Youth Toolkit aims to build the evidence base by promoting high quality measurement in youth programs.
The IDB Youth Toolkit is characterized by i) the flexibility of the options available for rapidly tailoring your survey to the needs of your project and ii) the quality of internationally validated instruments compiled by the interdisciplinary team of psychologists, economists, psychometric experts and sociologists. The key characteristics of each instrument (validation references, appropriate age group) are detailed. In addition to the standard self-reported measures, a small number of task-based measures have been programmed as options, using the original source material as reference. This allows user to measure not only what the youth say but also what they do.
The Toolkit itself is used to create a computerized survey instrument that will be implemented on computers by a firm with experience in data collection. Features include:
- Easily tailored menus for selecting
- Age groups (10-29)
- Preloaded instruments
- Psychosocial, Cognitive
- Self-reported, Task-based games
- Preloaded templates for quick starts *
- Options to include own/other questions *
- Easily modified with respect to revising wording/language *
- Minimal training for interviewers **
- Clear manuals and documentation available in English, Portuguese and Spanish.
- not available in other toolkits
- does not require "clinical" testing conditions
The Website additionally offers more specific information on the manuals, background information on the projects using the Toolkit, and the team.