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Using validated tools to measure parental conflict and its impact on children


30 Nov 2020

This briefing provides a concise introduction and practical tips on selecting and using validated measures in services designed to help reduce the impact of harmful parental conflict.




Based on our full-length guide, Measuring parental conflict and its impact on child outcomes, this briefing sets out some rules of thumb for using outcomes measures appropriately – including:

Selecting outcome measures

  • Select a measurement tool based on anticipated outcomes.
  • Consider measurement tools that are appropriate for your target participants.
  • Select a number and combination of measures that ‘fit’ together as a whole.
  • Conduct further due diligence to finalise your selection of measures.

Using outcome measures

  • Consider research ethics, including informed consent and data protection.
  • Measures should be used in their entirety.
  • Measures should be administered in the same way every time and for each group.
  • Be aware of the strengths and limitations of the measures you are using.

Managing challenges – what to do if:

  • The measure you would like to use is too long.
  • The selected measure needs to be adapted to the context.
  • Some of the questions you would like to assess are not included in the measure.

About the contributor

Ben Lewing

Ben is assistant director, policy & practice, at EIF.