Summary Brief: Scan and Review of Youth Development Measurement Tools


In 2012, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) launched its Policy on Youth in Development that strengthens and expands high-quality youth programming by the Agency, as well as calls for increased rigor in the evaluation of such programs. To support better research on youth development, USAID’s Education Office asked JBS International, Inc. to scan and review tools designed to measure developmental assets,1 workforce readiness skills, and life skills – all areas identified as key stepping stones for young people to achieve positive life outcomes, particularly gainful employment. The search included collecting  measurement tools through outreach to youth serving organizations and researchers, as well as a scan of organization websites and resource repositories. Tools found measured assets and skills, including:

  • communication, daily living, and work/study skills
  • money management
  • career planning
  • self-confidence
  • managing emotions
  • personal responsibility
  • respecting self and others
  • team work
  • creative thinking
  • problem solving
  • decision making
  • conflict management
Friday, April 4, 2014 - 8:45am

Last updated: May 07, 2014