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What is the Illinois Youth Survey?

The Illinois Youth Survey (IYS) is a self-reported adolescent survey administrated in Illinois schools and funded entirely by the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS). The survey has been administered biennially since 1990. It is designed to gather information about a variety of health and social indicators including substance use patterns and attitudes of Illinois youth that directly impact their ability to learn and succeed. Topics addressed in the survey include:

  • Alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use
  • Beliefs about drug use
  • Health and nutritional behaviors
  • Feelings about school environment and relationships
  • Social and emotional support

How is IYS Data Useful?

Each school that participates in the IYS receives a report specific to their own students' responses. The information provided from the school-specific reports can serve as baseline data for schools to monitor progress in the important areas of: school climate, academic performance, and overall health. It can also provide school officials with data needed to address concerns related to substance use among teens. 

Data can also be used to determine the effectiveness of schools' current intervention programs as well as to design, fund and implement prevention programing that is specifically tailored to meet an individual school's needs. Data provided from the survey can be used to support efforts to bring additional resources to the schools. Schools can also compare their data to DuPage County and Illinois IYS data.

Questions:

As of January 18, 2011, through a competitive bid process, the State of Illinois has awarded the new contract for the Illinois Youth Survey to the Center for Prevention Research and Development (CPRD), a unit of the Institute of Government and Public Affairs at the University of Illinois. You can contact CPRD by e-mail, mail, phone or fax:

Jessica Thomas, IYS Coordinator

jthomas0@uillinois.edu

Center for Prevention Research and Development
Institute of Government and Public Affairs
University of Illinois
510 Devonshire Drive
Champaign, IL 61820

Local: (217) 333-3231
Toll-free: (888) 333-5612
Fax: (217) 244-0214

DuPage County IYS Reports

The most recent IYS survey was conducted during the 2013-2014 school year. The 2014 summary report and the three previous DuPage County summary reports are available below.   

DuPage County IYS 2014: Summary Report

DuPage County IYS 2012: Summary Report

DuPage County IYS 2010: Summary Report

DuPage County IYS 2008: Summary Report