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New System for Youth Risk Behavior Survey

Monday, November 26, 2018

It’s once again time for the Youth Risk Behavior Survey! The Department of Public Instruction (DPI) has a new system for the Youth Risk Behavior Survey, including new software and standardized survey dates and versions. The improvements should streamline the YRBS process, improve the usefulness of local data, and reduce survey burden on schools.

If your high school is one of the 49 needed to produce state-level statistics, please make sure that you are participating so that our state gets its 2019 results. One or two non-participating schools can make the difference between getting our data versus having to wait two more years for the next round. Other schools are still offered the opportunity to participate to get their own, local results.

Going forward, the survey will only be offered every other spring (January to March 2019, 2021, etc.). Schools wishing to collect YRBS data during the spring 2019 window can register from October through March 15 to take the survey any time from January 7, 2019, through March 29, 2019. Schools are encouraged to collaborate with local health departments, CESAs, and other local stakeholders who can help coordinate local data collection efforts.

Registration materials are available through the Conducting A YRBS website. Schools who wish to retrieve their old YRBS data (anything prior to the 2018-19 school year) from the outgoing system can find a link to the old OYRBS system on the same webpage. Schools wishing to retrieve old reports are encouraged to do so during the 2018-19 school year. After that point, the old system will be archived and it will be more difficult to retrieve such data.

For more information, visit the DPI Wisconsin Youth Risk Behavior Survey website.

Subscriber Submission: Kate McCoy, Student Services, Prevention and Wellness Wisconsin, Department of Public Instruction