Guernsey Community Participation and Leisure Assessment (GCPLA)


Author of Tool: 

Baker, P. A.

Key references: 

Baker, P. A. (2000). Measurement of community participation and use of leisure by service users with intellectual disabilities: The Guernsey community participation and leisure assessment (GCPLA). Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, 13, 169-195.

Baker, P. A. (2007). Individual and service factors affecting deinstitutionalization and community use of
people with intellectual disabilities. Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, 20, 105-109.

Primary use / Purpose: 

The GCPLA is a comprehensive assessment of community participation and use of leisure time for individuals with intellectual disabilities.


While The GCPLA is a checklist, it is intended to be used in a semi-structured interview format whereby the service user describes their experiences. If the service user has insufficient language then carers can be used as respondents. The GCPLA produces both quantitative and qualitative data for analysis.

The GCPLA was initially designed to support an individual planning system in the assessment and generation of community participation and leisure needs, and to monitor the outcomes of interventions designed to increase and enhance the individual service user’s experience of community and leisure activities. It may also be of use in individual planning, service evaluation, and staff training.


Inter-rater reliability, test-retest reliability, internal reliability, content validity, and concurrent validity, have all been demonstrated (Baker, 2000)



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