Evidence based assessment

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Evidence-based assessment (EBA) refers to the use of research and theory to guide the choices about what to measure, how to measure it, and what to do next based on the results during a clinical evaluation.[1] Even when using scores from tests that have shown good results psychometrically in similar settings, the assessment process is inherently a decision-making task in which the clinician must iteratively formulate and test hypotheses by integrating data that are often incomplete and inconsistent[1]. EBA has been found to help clinicians in cognitively debiasing their clinical decisions.[2]

  • The EBA model combines skills, tools, and strategies to work more efficiently and accurately. It is possible to gather the pieces in a "just in time" way, developing questions and searching for answers based on a particular patient's needs. This sort of case-based, experiential learning makes the concepts more clear and memorable, and keeps everything connected to practical choices and actions. Asking answerable clinical questions is a core skill to updating our practices and staying fresh as a clinician and relevant as a researcher.
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Assessment portfolios by disorder[edit]

  • Categorized by disorder, this resource lists the best-quality assessment measures.

"What Questionnaire Should I Use?"[edit]

  • A disorder screener cheat sheet for clinicians; one-stop shop to view/download the best-quality measures for clinicians. Sorted by disorder, sortable by age range and has parent- and self- reported measures.

Clinical vignettes[edit]

  • Applying EBA principles to clinical cases.

EBA clinicians' manual[edit]

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This list describes the four discrete assessment phases of evidence based assessment, and the twelve steps that a clinician should follow to practice evidence-based assessment.

  1. Preparation phase
  2. Prediction phase
  3. Prescription phase
  4. Process phase
  • We are working to build a step-by-step evidence-based assessment manual that clinicians can follow along, with built-in examples. This is our effort to manualize the teaching and application of EBA principles. It's like an EBA textbook!

Psychological measures[edit]

  • All of the assessment measures that we have worked on. Includes scoring information.

Helpful assessment references[edit]

  • Split by adult/child, this page lists resources for those who want to read more about EBA.


There are a variety of different teaching resources that could be helpful in learning, teaching, and building more resources.

Open Teaching of Psychological Science (OToPS)[edit]

  • OToPS is a site that pulls together resources for teaching Psychology. It is open-source, intended to be shared.


Receiver Operating Characteristic (ROC) workshop series[edit]

  • A researcher resource, this is our effort to make research papers more clinically significant. Provides a framework for running ROC analyses.


Helping Give Away Psychological Science[edit]

  • Helping Give Away Psychological Science (HGAPS pronounced as two syllables: "H-Gaps") is a student service organization that is dedicated to helping the best information about psychological science reach the people who would benefit. Our goal is to build small groups to improve the information about psychology on Wikipedia and in the community. We aim to make the pages reach the level of the best college textbook on the topic and help clinicians, clients, and educators each find high quality resources quickly.

External links[edit]

  • To create a new portfolio page, click edit and, in source code, create a new bullet after this one. Copy and paste "Evidence based assessment/Portfolio template" below and replace "Portfolio template" with your desired portfolio name. For further instruction, click the link above to go to the Portfolio template.


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  1. 1.0 1.1 Hunsley, J; Mash, EJ (2007). "Evidence-based assessment.". Annual review of clinical psychology 3: 29-51. PMID 17716047. 
  2. Jenkins, MM; Youngstrom, EA; Washburn, JJ; Youngstrom, JK (April 2011). "Evidence-Based Strategies Improve Assessment of Pediatric Bipolar Disorder by Community Practitioners.". Professional psychology, research and practice 42 (2): 121-129. PMID 21625392. 

Under the hood[edit]

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