Life Effectiveness Questionnaire

What is the
Life Effectiveness Questionnaire (LEQ)?

James Neill
Last updated:
31 Jan 2006

The Life Effectiveness Questionnaire (LEQ) measures typically targeted goals of many psychosocial intervention programs.  The design of the LEQ was influenced by self-concept, self-efficacy, and coping theory (see Definitions of Various Self-Constructs).  The LEQ focuses on measuring the extent to which a person's actions/behavior/feelings are effective in managing and succeeding at life, or more specifically, generic life skills.

Time Management is an example life effectiveness domain (also sometimes called LEQ factors or scales).  Time Management refers to the extent to which a person successfully manages his/her time to get tasks completed.  Time Management is also a skill which can be developed and improved through structured intervention.

The domains of life effectiveness are key aims of many personal development programs.  Whether positive growth occurs depends on the quality of programming, particularly program philosophy and program design, not to mention the actual implementation of the program and the individuals involved.

By using the LEQ you can get a deeper level of analysis into the effects of different courses on course participants.  It is an excellent tool for monitoring program effectiveness and is an efficient way to develop a long-term database documenting program quality.  When analyzed and interpreted, the results can be informative for program coordinators and instructors to help improve program quality.

The LEQ has been used in approximately 20 different research studies to date, including several graduate theses, and has gained increasing attention as a promising research and program evaluation tool.