Submit Your Research Tools to the NIDILRR Tools Collection

The NIDILRR Tools Collection includes surveys, questionnaires, assessments, evaluations, and other measurement tools developed by NIDILRR grantees as part of their research. They may be used to collect and analyze data, conduct assessments as part of rehabilitation services, track research progress, and more. If you are a NIDILRR grantee and would like to submit your tool to this collection, please fill out the form below. Your information will be submitted for review and addition to the collection. Please note: Your entry may be edited for style and content.

Required fields are indicated with an * (asterisk).

About your tool
This section covers some of the basic information about your tool.
Please select the appropriate category for your research tool.
List all authors as LastName, Initials, separated by ; (semicolon). For example: Smith, LI; Karas, AR; and Philips, H.
Please enter the name of your project as well as any subproject name. For example: Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Secondary Conditions in SCI - Caregiver Training to Reduce Pressure Ulcer Risk
Please enter your NIDILRR project number. This should begin with H133 or ED. If you are not sure of your project number, please search the Program Database under Research Projects in the top navigation bar.
Was your tool developed as part of an engineering project?
Does your tool target a specific or general disability? For example: cognitive disabilities (general) or Fragile X syndrome (specific)? If no specific disability is targeted, please enter "Cross disability"
This is similar to the previous question but more detailed. The tool may be designed to collect data on a particular population (consumers of vocational rehabilitation), a field (rehabilitation counseling), legislation or policy (the ADA), an environment or setting (workplace), or something physical (technology, equipment, or structures). Examples would be: Information networks used by rehabilitation counselors or accessibility of fitness facilities.
What is the overall goal of this study? For example: To understand how successful rehabilitation counselors build and utilize their information networks.
Please classify your tool with up to 6 keywords separated by a ; (semicolon).
This section looks at the process used to develop your tool, what lead up to its creation, and what types of input you received. It includes questions about methodology, reference and background research, and internal and external consultation.
What types of databases were referenced? What types of data and literature were reviewed? For engineering tools: What were the theoretical foundations? If possible, cite specific databases. You may cut and paste citations into this section.
For engineering tools: What design process was used to create this tool? For other tools: How were the questions and methodology selected?
To what extent were consultations made with other researchers, both internal and external?
Was consumer input taken into account? How?
Can the methods and techniques used to develop this tool be generalized to other settings? Please note: This does not ask whether the tool can be applied elsewhere, only whether your methods could be used in other settings.
Features and Implementation
This section looks at the specifics of the tool itself: sections or contents, who uses it and how, level of difficulty, etc. Some questions may seem redundant, but it is important that all sections are completed.
What different fields/areas does the tool cover? You may choose to list major sections or subject headings.
What procedures are used to apply or administer the tool?
Who administers or applies the tool? It may be self-administered like a web survey or filled out by an observer in a lab.
How long does it take to complete the form or perform the assessment?
How easy is it for the user to understand and complete?
In what setting can this tool be used most effectively: laboratory, clinic, home, office, classroom, etc.?
Is this tool only applicable to the intended population or can it be generalized to other groups or settings? How would it need to be changed? Could it have other uses?
For engineering tools only: Has the design been tested and demonstrated to meet its original specifications?
For engineering tools only: Has the design been tested for safety and reliability?
Have the reproducibility, sensitivity, and specificity been tested? For engineering tools: Has the sensitivity and specificity been tested?
What might limit the use of your tool to one field, disability, or professional user?
Are there any specific skills needed to complete or administer the tool?
Is there a specific type of sample?
Is any special equipment required?
Does the tool cover any potentially sensitive issues such as sexuality, religion, or financial issues?
Are any approvals required? Institutional Review Board (IRB), for example?
Data Analysis and Norms
This section discusses the results of using your tool. It may be too early in development of the tool itself or in your research in general to answer these questions specifically, but please try to include at least general answers.
What research methods are applied in the analysis phase? How is data analyzed?
What are some of the findings? You may paste sections of published results here. If it is too early in the analysis process to discuss specifics, use this space to discuss general or anticipated findings.
Can there be multiple interpretations of the findings? Which is most appropriate? What interpretations present the most potential for the impact of the data?
Are there known limitations to the tool itself? What are the limitations of the study?
Who will be the most likely users of this data? For example: policy makers developing employment programs or engineers building prosthetic feet.
What are the implications of these results? Are the specific to the population or can they be generalized?
Has the tool been subject to peer review? Have the results been published under peer review? You may copy citations for published and pending articles here.
If your tool is available to the public, please indicate its status. If it is available online for free or for a subscription fee, please include the URL below. If it requires instruction or implementation by project staff, please be sure to include a contact at the end of this form.
Is this tool available in alternative formats?
If the tool is available but requires instruction, training, or other assistance, please include contact name, number, and email.
We may need to contact you for further information. Please include your name, phone number. Enter your email below.
Please include the email of the person completing this form. A copy of your submission will be emailed to you.