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.
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.