Toolkit for Making Written Material Clear and Effective. CMS. (Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services).
This 11-part Toolkit provides a detailed and comprehensive set of tools to help make written material easier for people to read, understand, and use. You can download the toolkit as a whole or use just one of its parts. The 11-parts are:
Simply Put. A Guide for Creating Easy-to-Understand Materials. CDC. (Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention. 3rd ed. April 2009.
The guide provides practical ways to write clearly, organize information and use visuals. It is also useful for creating fact sheets, FAQ’s, brochures, booklets, pamphlets, and other materials, including web content.
Ridpath JR, Greene SM, Wiese CJ; PRISM Readability Toolkit. 3rd ed. Seattle: Group Health Research
The PRISM Readability Toolkit is a compendium of strategies, real-world examples, and related resources to aid in the creation of easily understandable print materials.
A Plain-Language Checklist for Reviewing Your Document. National Institutes of Health. Plain Language: Getting Started or Brushing Up. 2013. This checklist allows you to to assess the clarity of your writing against 7 important aspects of plain language communication.
Patient Education Materials Assessment Tools (PEMAT)
AHRQ's Patient Education Materials Assessment Tool (PEMAT) is a systematic method to evaluate and compare the understandability and actionability of patient education materials. It is designed as a guide to help determine whether patients will be able to understand and act on information. Separate tools are available for use with print and audiovisual materials.
Design Readability Scorecard. By Doug Seubert of Health Communications
Doug Seubert is a health communications consultant who developed the Design Readability Scorecard to improve patient education handouts by evaluating and assigning a score to 7 important document design elements. You can view his presentation on this topic and download the Scorecard Tool here.
A Plain-Language Checklist for Reviewing Your Document.
From: National Institutes of Health. Plain Language: Getting Started or Brushing Up. 2013. This checklist allows you to to assess the clarity of your writing against 7 important aspects of plain language communication.