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The Compendium of Assessment and Research Tools (CART) is a database that provides information on instruments that measure attributes associated with youth development programs. CART includes descriptions of research instruments, tools, rubrics, and guides and is intended to assist those who have an interest in studying the effectiveness of service-learning, safe and drug-free schools and communities, and other school-based youth development activities.

When you search the CART database, you can locate research tools that address an area of focus you are interested in studying. You will find a brief description of the instruments, the target population for the instrument, contact information for acquiring the instrument, other parameters that should guide its use.

CART is not intended to be exhaustive of all instruments appropriate for studying youth development outcomes, nor is it intended to provide a judgment about which tool would be best for a specific study. Support for assembling this compendium of research instruments was supported by The Star Center and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation's Learning In Deed Initiative.

CART is continually being updated. If you have questions or comments about CART, please contact