Project information

Phase 5 Griffiths III

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

August 2014 - July 2015

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 standardized scales of development are needed.


    The earlier versions of the Griffiths Scales are used widely across the world. An updated version is required as well as amalgamation of the 2 existing scales into one continuous scale. Phase 5 will produce a standardized version of Griffiths III, a modern scale of child development so that disabled children can be prescribed appropriate care. The standardization will be in the UK and Republic of Ireland. From this version, validation studies in different countries will be performed later.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To perform the research following current best practice for research with children


    » Screening of testers to ensure that they meet current requirements at a high level.
    » Management of the processes behind the test sessions to produce a good and appropriate sample of children to be tested.
    » Testing of the children using the new Griffiths III.
    » Statistical evaluation of the results of testing.

    What success will look like

    To request external appraisal by the British Psychological Society once the scale is complete.

    Aim 2

    To ensure the instruction manuals are clearly written to ensure standardized use


    » To validate the draft manuals for use in the final version.

    What success will look like

    To arrange for a group of existing Griffiths users to validate the new manual for use.

  • 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


    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: £113,308

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      Amount Heading Description
      £60,880 Testing Testing children, payment to carers
      £15,000 scoring analysis To produce norms
      £7,428 Final kit To produce items for use in scales
      £30,000 Administrator To manage complex testing arrangements

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Hogrefe £40,000 Guaranteed
  • Background


    The charity is based in the UK. The developmental test will be first standardized in the UK and Ireland and later validated and translated for use in other countries.


    Young children with developmental difficulties, their parents and their clinical and educational supporting staff

  • 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.


    Professor Stroud, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University South Africa

    Lead researcher for the charity performing this research

    Expert Members Of ARICD

    Voluntary help of many kinds to complete the project.