Australian Centre on Quality of Life

Measures

Personal Wellbeing Index

The PWI scale contains seven items of satisfaction, each one corresponding to a quality of life domain as: standard of living, health, achieving in life, relationships, safety, community-connectedness, and future security. These seven domains are theoretically embedded, as representing the first level of deconstruction of the global question: "How satisfied are you with your life as a whole?"

The PWI has been adapted and validated with adults, children, and persons with an intellectual or cognitive disability. The International Wellbeing Group is working toward developing the PWI into a valid cross-cultural instrument. At the time of constructing the PWI 5th edition, over 150 researchers from more than 50 countries and provinces were engaged in this international collaboration.

Personal Wellbeing Index - Intellectual Disability (PWI-ID)



Manuals and translated manuals



Scale translations


Personal Wellbeing Index – School Children (PWI-SC)



Manuals and translated manuals



Scale translations


Global Life Satisfaction

Subjective wellbeing (SWB) can be measured using a single item, known as the Global Life Satisfaction (GLS) measure. People can be asked to rate their global life satisfaction. This normally takes the form: "How satisfied are you with your life as a whole?" Although this question is an excellent measure of SWB, such single-item measures are less reliable than multi-item scales.

Directory of Instruments

The Australian Centre on Quality of Life has compiled a directory of measurement instruments, all of which provide an empirical estimation of one or more subjective quality of life constructs. Most of these are brief scale descriptions, which do not provide details of psychometric performance. They provide a brief indication of the psychometric character of each scale, and a couple of additional references for further reading on the scale’s performance.

A few of the scales also have a review which is more extensive. Generating these reviews is a job being undertaken by a number of volunteers. These entries are fully referenced. New volunteers who are willing to revise the scales are invited to email Professor Robert Cummins on Robert.cummins@deakin.edu.au.

Each review is highlighted for identification in the index as Elaborated Version . These reviews have a standard format which can be accessed HERE.

NOTE: The aim of these reviews is to assist researchers in their search for suitable quality of life instruments. These reviews are not evaluative. Rather, each comprises a list of available psychometric results. Evaluating these results is a task for each researcher who is considering whether to use the instrument.

Caveats:
a) No more than three references are normally provided in relation to any descriptive category.
b) Additional references informing about a scale’s psychometric performance are welcome. They can be supplied directly to the editor.





Mark's Calculating Machine

An introduction to Mark’s Calculating Machine



Recommended citation: Stokes, M.A. (2023). Mark’s Calculating Machine (Version 8.24.01 ). https://www.acqol.com.au/instruments#mcm



The MCM tool is a collection of calculation devices that staff and students have asked me to generate over the years, or that my curiosity has driven. It includes prosaic as well as inordinately complex tools. Some are designed to assist in evaluating statistics as your review papers (e.g., “t effect size”, or “Effect Size Conversion”). Others are designed to help build arguments (e.g., “Burden Odds Ratio Known”, or “Type I error calculator”). Yet others are designed for unusual measurements that are otherwise difficult to undertake (e.g., “Kronauer Circadian” or “Diagonal Plots”). Use whatever you find useful.

Should you find errors, please feel free to advise me. However, be aware, that these are simple tools designed for often the most basic and general form of an analytic approach. So, care must be taken when interpreting. As an example, the “p to effect size” tool can be used to estimate the minimum effect size for as given p-value and degrees of freedom. However, the estimate will return the minimum effect size, not the exact effect size.

When using the tool, some general rules are applied. First, white cells allow you some input. Green cells allow you restricted input such as a limited range of values (e.g., proportions between 0 and 1, or percentile confidence intervals between 1% and 99%). These cells will inform you if you enter an invalid data type or number range. Black cells are protected and will not allow you to input values or edit them. This protects the integrity of the formula.

All formula used are freely available on the web or have been derived from the same. Because these tools were never designed for publication, I was less than diligent in recording where some thigs came from. If you need this information, feel free to request I ferret it out.

Instruction: Download MCM by using the connection below.




Useful sites

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  • Australian Monthly Economic and Social Indicators

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  • Canadian Council on Social Development

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  • International Society for QOL Studies

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