Project information

Phase Two Mental Development Scale modernisation

Young children with developmental difficulties need early and accurate diagnosis. Existing scales of development will be modernised and validated. Children who are disadvantaged by nature or circumstances, such as those who are abused can then be given appropriate help.

July 2012 - January 2013

Charity information: Association for Research in Infant and Child Development

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  • Need


    Young children with developmental difficulties need expert diagnosis as early as possible. For this, modern standardised scales of development are needed.


    The Griffiths Mental Development Scales are used in many countries but require updating and re-standardisation so that they may be used for diagnosis.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To remove old fashioned items from the scale and replace with contemporary test items.


    » A small core group of experts within the developmental field will give their time free to this work to prepare a blueprint

    What success will look like

    Success will be.confirmation by users of the scale that the changes are helpful.

    Aim 2

    Check with a range of experts in child development that these new test items are valid.


    » Consultation with representative users of the current test regarding the new items and planned deletions. Individual experts will each lead sub scale.

    What success will look like

    Success will be confirmation of validity by experts in the field.

    Aim 3

    Conduct statistical analysis and comparison with data from the last re-standardisation.


    » Professor of Psychology in Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University South Africa will lead appropriate statistical analysis using research assistants.

    What success will look like

    Success will be.accurate data demonstarting children's developmental progress.

  • Impact


    Children with disability across the world will have early and correct diagnosis of their developmental problems so that appropriate help may be given. The Scales are already sold in a number of countries and languages. A rise in sales (royalties are returned to the charity) will demonstrate that the work has given disabled children earlier diagnoses.


    The major risk is that the charity will run out of funds before the work is finished. The experts give their time freely but the work requires some paid input and professional academic research leadership. Financial support is also needed for necessary travel, accommodation etc. Virtual meetings are held wherever possible but one workshop over several days is needed.


    Since the project is short, by a final report to donors unless a different option is requested

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £34,730

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      Amount Heading Description
      £11,180 Academic support Academic lead and data analysis
      £3,550 Travel & rooms Travel/ room costs for experts giving time
      £20,000 Expert work Expert input to design of test items

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Free time from experts £20,000 Guaranteed
  • Background


    Scales will be re-standardised for use in UK and Ireland first. Validation and translation will be done as a later project. Current scales are used in UK, Ireland, Portugal, France, Italy, Australasia, Africa, Middle east, Far East and USA.


    Children with disability of different levels and types and their parents. Supporting professional in their care team.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    The charity was founded by the psychologist Ruth Griffiths who developed the scales of development. All members of the charity are doctors or psychologists engaged in diagnosis and remediation of developmental problems. A number of eminent experts in the developmental field have already given their help free to this project during the earlier stages.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Prof Louise Stroud And Her Psychology Team

    Lead researcher giving a firm academic basis to the work.

    Many Experts In Child Development

    These experts giving theor time freely will ensure that the new scales are modern and appropriate for use.