University of Illinois running 2022 Illinois Youth Survey

A campus entrance marker for the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, located at the intersection of Wright Street and University Avenue in Urbana, Illinois. (Photo by Beyond My Ken via Wikimedia Commons)

The University of Illinois’ Center for Prevention Research and Development is administrating the 2022 Illinois Youth Survey (IYS). The anonymous online survey assesses alcohol, drug and tobacco use among eighth, 10th and 12th grade students.

According to Illinois News Bureau, the survey will also collect information on school climate, safety and bullying, along with youths’ feelings about school, their family support and rules about alcohol use.

“We really need high-quality data from this statewide, representative survey to know what students experienced this year when in-person instruction resumed in Illinois. There is so little hard data available,” Douglas C. Smith, the director of CPRD and a professor of social work at the university, told the news bureau.

The data enable schools, communities and the state to gauge the prevalence of substance use among youth and develop prevention initiatives. Results of prior surveys and sample school reports can be viewed online, the news bureau reported.

The local findings can be used by school administrators, prevention professionals and community groups to address substance use, evaluate student support services and track progress toward physical, social and mental health goals, Smith said.

School administrators can register online or by phone with an IYS coordinator at 888-333-5612. Data collection/survey administration will begin Jan. 4.

More information on the IYS is available on the CPRD website or by calling the IYS team at 217-333-3231 or toll-free at 888-333-5612 or by email, [email protected].