Is the ASQ-TRAK validated?
Yes, the ASQ-TRAK is validated.
Validation refers to the process of gathering of evidence to support the interpretation and use of an instrument, and the decisions we make based on that instrument. Current perspectives consider validity in terms of degree, as opposed to a tool being "validated" or "not validated". Validation is an ongoing process in which a number of sources of evidence can offer support for the validity of an instrument.
Can I use the ASQ-TRAK for evaluating interventions?
The ASQ-TRAK is a developmental screening tool intended to identify children with potential developmental difficulties who should be referred for a more in-depth assessment.
Screening tools may not be sensitive enough to accurately measure change over time or the impact of an intervention. To read more about the use of screening tools for other purposes, see Developmental Screening Measures: Stretching the Use of the ASQ for Other Assessment Purposes.
What is the ASQ-STEPS?
The ASQ-STEPS for Measuring Aboriginal Child Development is a developmental outcome measure. This means it can be used to measure an individual child's developmental progress and for evaluating the effectiveness of early childhood programs and interventions. It is a continuous measure that can be used with children aged 2 to 48 months.
The ASQ-STEPS is still being developed so is not yet available for use.
What is the difference between the ASQ-TRAK and ASQ-STEPS?
The ASQ-TRAK is a developmental screening tool, and the ASQ-STEPS is a developmental outcome measure. They provide different information about a child's development and are administered in different health and education contexts.
The ASQ-STEPS will not replace the ASQ-TRAK. It will be an additional culturally appropriate tool for use in evaluation and individual assessment.
Watch a short video explaining the difference here.