The STEPS Instrument and Support Materials
THE STEPS INSTRUMENT
The tool used to collect data and measure chronic disease risk factors is called the STEPS Instrument. The STEPS Instrument covers three different levels or 'steps' of risk factor assessment: Step 1, Step 2 and Step 3.
The generic STEPS Instrument template, which countries use to develop their own Instrument, contains:
- CORE items (unshaded boxes)
- EXPANDED items (shaded boxes)
- Response options for Step 1, Step 2 and Step 3
- Coding column, used to facilitate data management.
Note: The new version of the STEPS Instrument (version 2.1) is not currently available in Chinese.
The Question-by-Question Guide provides background information to the interviewers and supervisors as to what is intended by each of the questions or measures on the generic STEPS Instrument. Interviewers can use this information when participants request clarification about specific questions or they do not know the answer. The Question-by-Question guide is available in the following languages:
INSTRUMENT AT A GLANCE
The STEPS Instrument at a Glance provides an outline of what is included in the STEPS Instrument v2.1, as well as all the variables and indicators measured. The Instrument at a Glance is available in the following languages:
There are other modules available that can be added to the STEPS Instrument.