Information for Current Survey Users

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Once you have completed your administration, please submit the correct report request form below:

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I use paper surveys? You may administer DAP or YAPS surveys using paper. You will receive a pdf from Search Institute to be used for your survey administration, either in its entirety or with a combination of online surveys. The responses will then need to be entered into the online survey as if the youth themselves are taking it online.

Is there a specific time period that my survey must be used? No, we will keep the links active until you tell us otherwise.

What is the cancellation policy for surveys? If you decide to cancel your survey order there will be a $100 cancellation fee. You must cancel before administration of the survey.

What reports are included with my survey purchase? We will produce one report for you for each site. Any reports requested after administration will cost a fee.

Can the surveys be taken on mobile devices? Since the surveys are administered through a unique url they can be completed on mobile devices that have browsers. This includes computers, iPads, tablets, mobile phones, etc. It is something that should be thoughtfully considered. Having youth take the survey on their personal devices could create complications such as: a feeling of inequality, distractions while surveying, the need for additional monitors, completing the survey outside of the administration window, additional data usage charges, etc.

Will the survey automatically change reading levels? If your survey has multiple reading level options it will automatically switch to the appropriate version if the grade is entered for that youth. This way multiple ages can use the same survey link. This is currently only an option for the DAP survey questions.

How do I request reports? Once you have completed your administration, please submit the correct report request form below:

What is the minimum number of youth for a report to be generated? A DAP, YAPS and REACH report minimum is 30 youth, while an A&B report requires 50 youth to be able to analyze the data and create each report. Larger samples can help combat statistical inconsistencies and ensure that a representative sample of the population is surveyed. Some data fields may be suppressed or merged if there are not enough youth.

How long until I receive my report? Typically allow one to two weeks from the date that you have submitted the correct report request form below:

Can I order another report after I’ve already returned the completed surveys? Yes, in some cases. We cannot divide youth into cohorts unless there is an identifiable way to do so, either with their unique ID or through a demographic category. We can also create aggregates from multiple sites.

Should I have our youth use a unique identifier when completing the survey? It depends on your research study. If you have qualified staff to interpret these data at an individual level, and there is value for individual results in your programming, then, yes, use a unique identifier. You will need to purchase the Individual Data File in order to receive the data to analyze. The identifier field can be removed if you do not wish to collect this data.

Can I get individually identified data? Yes, if you used active consent and parents are aware of your intentions to use individually identifiable results. We can provide data on an individual level and it can have a specific identifier; this identifier must be entered by the young person at the time that he or she taking the survey. You will need to purchase the Individual Data File in order to receive the data to analyze.

Is the data secure? Yes, the web pages are SSL encrypted and all data are stored on secure servers. Data is organized by an organization-specific number that is not identifiable outside of Search Institute.

For questions around planning of the survey administration, please see the user guides linked below.

Can't find the answers you're looking for? Call 800-888-7828, or email us at clientservices@search-institute.org.