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IMPACT Measures Tool

Integrated Measurement, Program Assessment, and Collaboration Tools

Our tool allows anyone interested in early childhood measurement and evaluation to search, compare, and access measures scored on four key categories of usability, cost, cultural relevance, and technical merit.

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The IMPACT Measures Tool is an online database of early childhood and parenting measures, designed to meet your organization’s unique needs.

The tool includes measures in the areas of:

  • Caregiver health and well-being
  • Child mental health
  • Overall child development
  • Social-emotional development
  • Language development
  • Executive function
  • Academic skills
  • Family/home environment
  • Classroom/childcare quality
  • Caregiver-child interaction

A unique function of this tool is that measures are scored on four key categories of usability, cost, cultural relevance, and technical merit, allowing for tailored searches and easy comparison.

IMPACT is not a publisher or distributor of the measures listed on this site.

The IMPACT Measures Tool was developed to provide innovative solutions to three key challenges in the field of early childhood development. Specifically, the IMPACT Measures Tool aims to:

  1. Assist the early childhood field in unifying their approach to measuring early childhood development.
  2. Support organizations and programs in evaluating their own impact.
  3. Help organizations in determining which measures are best suited to their specific contexts and needs.

We offer support for a variety of organizations in the early childhood ecosystem, including community-based organizations, academic institutions, health care systems, philanthropic and policy based organizations, child care systems, and more.

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EC PRISM

The IMPACT Measures Tool is an effort led by the Early Childhood Precision, Innovation, and Shared Measurement (EC PRISM) program at the Center of Translational Neuroscience, housed at the University of Oregon.

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EC PRISM works directly with early childhood organizations to provide tools and services such as the IMPACT Measures Tool, and our individualized consulting services to help organizations in the areas of early childhood program design, implementation, evaluation, and scale. EC PRISM aims to increase acceptance, understanding, and capacity of measurement and evaluation within the field.

  • We Build on Existing Ideas: We don’t invent; we innovate. We are rarely the first with a great idea, and we make sure to acknowledge those that inspire us with great ideas.
  • We Believe in Continuous Improvement: For both ourselves and others. We believe everyone can reach their full potential when provided with the right tools and opportunities.
  • We Promote Equity-Centered Design: We promote the design of systems, policies and programs that reduce racial, gender, and economic disparities.

We provide technical assistance to programs and organizations across various sectors within the early childhood ecosystem, including healthcare settings, universities/research groups, community-based and national nonprofits, policymakers, and city/state/federal institutions.

EC PRISM focuses on programs, organizations, and system-level innovations aimed at improving service delivery for children and families. Due to historical oppression and institutional racism, children and families of color disproportionately experience social and economic adversity, and therefore these are often the communities with which we work. EC PRISM is committed to approaching our work through a historical lens that acknowledges the root causes underlying the conditions and inequities experienced by families. We recognize the full diversity of individuals across race, ethnicity, culture, gender, sexual orientation, age, ability, and life experiences (e.g. class, immigration status, health status, etc.) as well the hardships that come with intersectional identities (e.g., people of color who identify as LGBTQIA+). The historical and current oppression of individuals continues across these groups through anti-Black racism and white supremacist ideas, policies, and practices. 

EC PRISM is dedicated to understanding the historical, systemic nature of racism. In our work with marginalized communities, we aim to center this historical perspective as well as the voices of our community members. We are also committed to identifying the ways in which we benefit from and contribute to white supremacist structures/culture, and will continuously engage in actionable steps in our internal and external facing work to dismantling white supremacy in the interdisciplinary sectors we belong to. 

To empower organizations, funders, and program developers by providing accessible, science-based tools and guidance. We leverage our expertise in order to precisely develop, implement, and evaluate early childhood programs.

Technical Assistance Consultation

We provide consultation nationally and across the globe. Our expertise in the field of early childhood development, combined with our skills in program development, implementation, and evaluation, allows us a unique perspective in the early childhood ecosystem.

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EC PRISM offers individualized technical assistance consulting services to early childhood programs to help them in areas of early childhood program design, implementation, evaluation, and scale.

EC PRISM focuses on four main processes to help organizations:

  1. Precision in organizational definition and measurement to determine who benefits most and least from organization activities. This knowledge is used to develop targeted strategies to address specific population needs.
  2. Continuous improvement through ongoing testing, feedback, and development of our programs.
  3. Co-Creation with stakeholders across the field of early childhood development to facilitate shared learning and understanding to ensure a well-balanced and informed approach.
  4. Collaboration across networks to develop common measures, shared measurement experiences, and foster dialogue among organizations about their measurement.

We offer different levels of engagement when it comes to technical assistance consulting, depending on the needs of the organization or program. We engage in both long-term, intensive technical assistance as well as brief, light-touch assistance with some teams.

We deliver our technical assistance through three specific services: 

  1. Learning Modules that include lessons and activities that support the development, implementation, and evaluation of an organization. All learning modules contain general content and individualized support for organizations.
  2. Direct Consultation personalized for an organization’s needs. Clients are provided one on one meetings with EC PRISM staff.
  3. Measurement & Evaluation Tools that help clients quickly interpret and present their results. Clients can also gain insight about who is benefitting most and who is benefitting least from their program.

We provide technical assistance to programs and organizations across various sectors within the early childhood ecosystem, including healthcare settings, universities/research groups, community-based and national nonprofits, policymakers, and city/state/federal institutions.

Center for Translational Neuroscience & University of Oregon

The EC PRISM program is part of the Center for Translational Neuroscience (CTN). Housed within the Department of Psychology at the University of Oregon (UO), the CTN merges basic neuroscience and psychology research with intervention initiatives to address the effects of early adversity on mental and physical health.

Our Team

We are a team of mission-oriented researchers with extensive experience in early childhood development, education, and public health. We welcome and celebrate diverse perspectives and take pride in a strong team culture.

Our core values are: ­Impact, Collaboration, ­Innovation, ­Antiracism, Empowerment, and Flexibility.

Staff

Phil Fisher

Phil Fisher

Center for Translational Neuroscience Director

Philip H. Knight Chair, Professor of Psychology, and Director of the UO Center for Translational Neuroscience. Dr. Fisher’s (he/him) research focuses on developing and evaluating early childhood interventions in marginalized communities, and translating scientific knowledge on healthy development under conditions of adversity for social policy and programs.

Tyson Barker

Tyson Barker

EC PRISM Director

Dr. Barker (he/him) is Director of EC PRISM and is a Research Associate at the UO Center for Translational Neuroscience. Dr. Barker directs EC PRISM’s work in improving programs and policies supporting early childhood development with the goal of empowering organizations to better identify what works about their program, for whom, and under what contexts.

Elizabeth Backus

Elizabeth Backus

EC PRISM Business Manager

Elizabeth (she/her) has worked in grants administration for 17 years, since moving from New Mexico to Oregon in 2004. Since joining the University of Oregon in 2013, she has worked as Business Manager for the Center on Brain Injury Research and Training, the Prevention Science Institute, and currently for the Center for Translational Neuroscience.

Brittany Dahlberg

Brittany Dalberg

Executive Assistant

Brittany (she/her) supports the EC PRISM team and is the Executive Assistant for Drs. Phil Fisher and Tyson Barker. She brings a broad skill set and expertise from both the corporate and non-profit worlds to the lab, and enjoys working to support researchers and staff. Brittany has a Bachelor’s Degree in Religion from Linfield College, and lives in Eugene with her husband and cat.

Katie Hammond

Katie Hammond

IMPACT Project Manager

Katie (she/her) has experience in project management, science communication, content development, and program development, implementation, and evaluation. She received a Master of Public Health in Health Behavior and Health Education from the University of Michigan. Her areas of study included health equity, health communication, and global health.

Kate Beauchamp

Kate Beauchamp

Research Specialist

Kate (she/her) supports EC PRISM’s technical assistance work. She received her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University of Oregon, with research interests in translational neuroscience and stress neurobiology. Her clinical and research work has been centered around early childhood and mitigating effects of early adversity.

Alison Mattek

Alison Mattek

Postdoctoral Scientist

Alison (she/her) is a neuroscientist, psychologist, data scientist, researcher, musician, and artist. She has a PhD in Psychological & Brain Sciences and an MA in Digital Musics from Dartmouth College. She has expertise in mathematical modeling, experimental design, affective science, emotion theory, music theory, piano, singing, meditation, and mindfulness.

Joanna Wright

Joanna Wright

Graduate Researcher

Joanna (she/her) supports the IMPACT Measure Tool’s data and scoring teams. She is a PhD student in Prevention Science at the University of Oregon and holds an MEd in Learning Sciences & Human Development from the University of Washington. She has worked in a variety of programs serving children and families and her research focuses on early childhood development.

Aarati Raghuvanshi

Aarati Raghuvanshi

Research Assistant

Aarati (she/her) supports EC PRISM’s technical assistance consulting and the IMPACT Measures Tool’s web design and analytics projects. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Boston College and hopes to pursue her interests in business management within the early childhood ecosystem.

Camille Sullivan

Camille Sullivan

Research Assistant

Camille (she/her) supports IMPACT’s data and educational content teams. She received her bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Oregon. Camille has worked with children and families in research contexts and is interested in applying early childhood and parenting measures in clinical settings.

Marjorie Watkins Cherkasky

Marjorie Watkins Cherkasky

Research Assistant

Marjorie (she/her) earned a Master’s degree in Early Intervention/Early Childhood Special Education. Her experience includes implementing evidence-based interventions with children and families, program training, adapting programs and materials, and evaluating child development and early childhood programs.

Volunteers

Addy Alfred

Addy Alfred

Volunteer Research Assistant

Hannah Arquisch

Volunteer Research Assistant

Sarah Field

Volunteer Research Assistant

Larkin Lucy

Volunteer Research Assistant

Vassa Mametieff

Vassa Mametieff

Volunteer Research Assistant

Makaila Susi

Volunteer Research Assistant

Katie Vedder

Katie Vedder

Volunteer Research Assistant

Keren Weisenborn

Volunteer Research Assistant

Alumni

Heidi Grogger

Heidi Grogger

Technical Assistance Coordinator

Carly Champagne

Carly Champagne

Postdoctoral Scientist

Grace Lin

Grace Lin

Postdoctoral Scientist

Leticia Hayes

Leticia Hayes

Research Assistant

Jiafan Jia

Research Assistant

Larissa Williams

Larissa Williams

Research Assistant

Anna Wright

Anna Wright

Research Assistant

Miranda Davis

Miranda Davis

Digital Marketing & Communications Assistant

Molly Aldrich

Molly Aldrich

Volunteer Research Assistant

Evan Doll

Evan Doll

Volunteer Research Assistant

Paige Ehrenhart

Paige Ehrenhart

Volunteer Research Assistant

Makenzie Folsom

Makenzie Folsom

Volunteer Research Assistant

Alex Horne

Alex Horne

Volunteer Research Assistant

Michael Juco

Michael Juco

Volunteer Research Assistant

Jen Tasaka

Jen Tasaka

Volunteer Research Assistant

Sponsors

The IMPACT Measure Tool is a joint effort made possible by the dedicated support of our sponsors.

Partners

Explore innovative programs using early childhood measures on Promise Venture Studio’s Venture Index. Promise is a partner of EC PRISM that attracts, supports, and connects social entrepreneurs, funders, and experts to improve the lives of children and families facing the greatest adversities.

Copyright Notice and Licensing Agreement

Copyright 2020-2021 University of Oregon. All rights reserved. The text of and illustrations on the EC PRISM and Impact Measures Tool websites (“UO Materials”) are licensed by the University of Oregon under a Creative Commons Attribution–Share Alike 3.0 Unported license (“CC-BY-SA”) except for any third-party materials and measures used by permission or under fair use. The University of Oregon, Center for Translational Neuroscience, EC PRISM, Impact Measures Tool, and their respective logos are trademarks of the University of Oregon (“UO Names & Trademarks”) registered in the United States and other countries. If you modify or create derivatives of the UO Materials, remove any UO Names & Trademarks from the UO Materials, except for your use of the UO Names & Trademarks to identify the changes you have made to the UO Materials as required to fairly attribute the authors of the original work under the CC-BY-SA license, by stating the following: These works have been modified from works created and owned by the University of Oregon, Center for Translational Neuroscience, https://ctn.uoregon.edu & https://impact.ecprism.org.

Technical Assistance Consultation

Looking for support with research design, implementation, or evaluation?

Request a free consultation call with our team to discuss our technical assistance services.

Contact Us

We are committed to supporting early childhood programs. Have feedback or questions? Contact us or visit our FAQ.

Phone: 541-346-4815

Email: ecprism@uoregon.edu