Community Development Participation Scale (CDPS)

Community Development Participation Scale (CDPS) is a 17-item measure capturing the level of participation of an individual in community development activities. It comprises of two sub-scales - the attitude/interest sub-scale and the active participation sub-scale.


Geographies Tested: Ghana

Populations Included: Female

Age Range: Adults


Attitude Interest Sub-scale
1. Community development activities are helpful
2. Community development activities are interesting
3. I learn a lot from participating in community development activities
4. I am unconcerned with community development issues
5. I feel that community development activities are futile
6. I have an unequal opportunity as men to take part in decision making
7. I usually feel unsafe when I am involved in community development activities
8. I feel socially unacceptable in venues for community development initiatives

Active Participation Sub-scale
9. I run for community development leadership
10. I voice my opinions about decisions that affect us
11. I partake in activities of the community development committee
12. I am part of the community development committee
13. I participate in the local government institution
14. I take responsibility for changes to this community
15. I am very involved in community development activities
16. I have the opportunity to contribute to community development decisions
17. I participate in NGO, association and social collective

Response Categories:
5-point Likert scale
Very much disagree - 1
Very much agree - 5

Scoring Procedures

Not Available

Original Citation

Gyan, C. (2021). Community development participation scale: A development and validation study. Community Development, 1-14.

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Formative Research

Qualitative Research

Existing Literature/Theoretical Framework

Field Expert Input

Cognitive Interviews / Pilot Testing








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