The purpose of the Idaho Healthy Youth Survey is to gather current information on Idaho youth to promote capacity to prevent risk factors for behavioral health issues. The Idaho Healthy Youth survey for 6th, 8th, 10th, and 12th grade students was modeled after other states’ surveys and refined by the Idaho State Epidemiological Outcomes Workgroup, the Idaho Criminal Justice Commission, and multiple community organizations that work with youth in each of the seven public health districts in Idaho.
The Office of Drug Policy (ODP) subscribes to the Strategic Prevention Framework, a step-by-step model for implementing prevention efforts. The Idaho Healthy Youth Survey informs the first step: assessment. After community organizations have completed an assessment of their local conditions, they then determine their capacity to implement prevention, plan prevention initiatives based on the data they gathered, implement programs and strategies, and then evaluate their programs and strategies to ensure effectiveness and continuous quality improvement.
Currently, the Idaho Health Youth Survey is the only standardized tool available to communities to identify perceptions, opinions, attitudes, and behaviors among youth at the local level. Although statewide data sources are available for some behavioral health items, in order for local communities, schools, and non-profits to obtain grant funds from state or federal sources, those organizations need to justify targeted actions in their reach.
For more information, contact:
Cheryl Foster, Senior Research Analyst
Phone: (208) 854-3048