The Illinois Youth Survey
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About the IYS
The Illinois Youth Survey (IYS) is a self‐reported
adolescent survey administered in Illinois schools and
funded entirely by the Illinois Department of Human
Conducted since 1990.
IDHS awarded the contract to administer the survey to
the Center for Prevention Research and Development
(CPRD) at the University of Illinois in January 2011.
All public and private schools in Illinois are welcome to
About the IYS
The survey is given to students at the 6th,
8th, 10th and 12th grade levels.
Administered in the Spring of every other
school year during even numbered
The school chooses a date between January and
May 15th to administer (next survey is in 2012)
Takes approximately one class period, or
about 40 to 50 minutes.
About the IYS
Available in English or Spanish.
Available in the traditional paper/pencil
format or online.
You receive everything you need 30
days prior to the survey date you
choose: parent notification forms, survey
forms, pre-sharpened pencils,
instructions, and even UPS shipping.
Designed to gather information from
youth about a variety of health and social
Substance abuse (ATOD)
Violence and bullying
Perceptions of school climate
Nutrition and fitness
Why is Prevention Important?
Adolescent substance abuse, bullying,
and other emotional and health issues
are related to negative school outcomes:
Lack of motivation
Why is Data Important?
Research shows that cost effective youth prevention
strategies should be based on local, up-to-date data
The IYS provides data to schools about what their
students are doing and thinking in regard to emotional
and health related issues.
Data gathered through the IYS can be used to guide
planning for effective prevention strategies to ultimately
increase academic performance and
Data provides schools and communities
the knowledge they need to develop and
evaluate localized, targeted and effective
solutions to youth substance abuse,
violence and related issues.
Each participating school will receive their own
individual school results.
Report will cover all survey items and includes state
comparisons for selected items
Schools can measure progress over time (when implemented
every two years)
The data can be useful for a variety of school and
community planning efforts.
The data can be useful for grant reporting purposes
and to help leverage additional funding (Drug Free
Community, Safe Schools/Healthy Students, CSAP
No cost to the school when implemented in
6th, 8th, 10th or 12th grades during the statewide
Schools can add questions to get data on
local issues at no cost.
Free training is provided on how to interpret
and use the school-specific data for planning.
Participation is confidential.
The identity of the youth who participate is
not collected or revealed.
Compiled survey data is shared only with
the participating school.
County, regional and statewide reports are
not released in a way that an individual
school’s results can be identified.
The IYS produces valid results when
conducted according to survey directions.
Questions are carefully designed and tested.
There are screening measures in place to detect
and invalidate over-reporting and under-reporting.
Studies of similar surveys comparing self-report to
actual use have showed substantial validity.
Patterns of use revealed by the IYS are consistent
with other measures.
Benefits and Bottom Line
For the price of
1 class period every 2 years,
schools and their community partners can
receive essential information to
• Guide student support services
• Track changes in school climate
• Compete for grants that infuse needed
• Reduce barriers to academic success
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IYS website: http://iys.cprd.illinois.edu
Jessica Thomas, IYS Coordinator
(888) 333-5612 (toll-free)