Validated Data Collection Tools
Substance use disorder (SUD) programs may need to collect different types of
data for evaluation. Examples of data sources for SUD program evaluation include:
Data from police reports about SUD-related encounters
Healthcare systems data relating to SUD-related treatment, hospitalizations, health outcomes, and deaths
Mental healthcare provider data related to medication, counseling, and treatment outcomes
Social service agency data on referrals to and utilization of SUD prevention, treatment, counseling, and
recovery support services
Emergency medical services data on rates of opioid overdose and naloxone administration in the community
Demographic data about the characteristics of program participants
Program data about the number of training sessions held and the number of staff trained in program
Program staff may be able to leverage existing data sources to collect information for program
evaluation. Program stakeholders and partners, such as treatment providers, healthcare systems, and
law enforcement, may provide access to some of the data needed for program evaluation. Program
planners can also consider several validated data collection tools to collect additional data for
evaluation activities, including:
Severity Index (ASI) – A semi-structured, one-hour interview guide designed to collect
information about aspects of a person's life that might have contributed to his or her substance
misuse. The ASI covers seven domains: medical status, employment/support status, alcohol use, drug
use, legal status, family/social status, and psychiatric status.
The Maudsley Addiction
Profile (MAP) – A multi-dimensional tool designed to evaluate treatment outcomes. It
consists of 60 questions covering substance misuse, physical and mental health, personal and social
functioning, and health risk behaviors.
Treatment Index (OTI) – A structured interview assessing treatment outcomes in six
domains: drug use, social functioning, criminality, HIV risk-taking behavior, health status, and
The World Health Organization Quality of Life-BREF
(WHOQOL-BREF) – A 26-item questionnaire aimed at assessing changes in quality of life over the course
of an intervention. The questionnaire covers mental and physical health and social relationships, as well as
outcomes relating to the home environment, financial resources, and new skills.
Tools for diagnosing opioid dependence are summarized in this table from a 2015 article in the
Journal of Correctional Health Care.
Resources to Learn More
Drug Abuse Treatment Cost Analysis Program (DATCAP)
Provides information about DATCAP, an interview guide and cost data collection tool for evaluating
substance abuse treatment programs. Helps programs analyze cost data relating to resources used in
service delivery including personnel, supplies and materials, buildings, facilities, and equipment.
Organization(s): University of Miami
Program Evaluation: Data Collection
Compiles resources describing quantitative and qualitative modes of data collection and analysis for
program evaluation. Covers program evaluation practice and standards, the selection of an evaluation
consultant, and methods to develop and report program achievements.
Organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
and Assessment Tools Chart
Links evidence-based SUD screening and assessment tools to substance type, patient age (adolescent to
adult) and how tool is administered.
Organization: National Institute on Drug Abuse