What Counts is What Gets Counted

Advances in policies, programs and services addressing gender-based violence and inequities must be based on good data. 

This means bringing these problems out of the shadows – and measuring them, and their impacts on the health, social and economic well-being of people, communities and society. Compelling evidence is hard to ignore. This is why we say “what counts is what gets counted”. 

We have worked for over a decade to develop new measures and analytical approaches to understand the scope and impacts of gender-based violence (GBV) and inequities. Click the graphics below for more detail.

Composite Abuse Scale (Revised)
– Short Form (CASR-SF)

The CASR-SF is brief self-report measure of Severity of Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) victimization in the previous 12 months. It also captures lifetime exposure to IPV.  

The 16-item version has demonstrated reliability and validity in adult women and men and is being used in more than 100 studies globally, including a number of population surveys. 

For example, CASR-SF items are part of the newest (2018) Canadian violence survey – the Survey of Safety in Public and Private Spaces (SSPPS). 

We have tested the CASR-SF with people of various gender identities and in different kinds of relationships. For more information and for permission to use the scale, click here.

Cumulative Studies

Equity Oriented Health Care Scale – (EHoCS)

EHoCS is a 12-item measure that asks those using health care services to rate their experiences of care according to the dimensions of equity-oriented health care developed and tested in the EQUIP intervention studies.

EHoCS has been used in research and in quality improvement initiatives. For more detail, click here.