In the first six years of its existence the Centre was keen to measure the confidence and related attributes of young people in Scotland. Confidence is not a term psychologists use as it is multi-faceted and so not easily measured. On the advice of Dr Elaine Duncan, a psychologist from Glasgow Caledonian University, who was acting as an adviser to the Centre at that time we took four instruments and put them on-line and encouraged various projects to use them. We called this our Confidence Research System (CRS). The four measures were on self-esteem, optimism, happiness and life-satisfaction. We then added mindset and self-efficacy. More information can be found by using the menu on the right.
In 2011 as a result of budget cuts we had to stop using the CRS and collecting data. You can access various papers analysing our results below.